From June through November, hurricanes are at their peak. During a hurricane, heavy rains and catastrophic winds barrel through coastal areas and can severely damage or destroy homes and businesses. To help you plan and remain safe at home during these potentially deadly storms, follow these safety tips.
Hurricane Prep During Hurricane Season
Plan evacuation routes and designate a “post-disaster contact person” that family members know to call once the storm is over
Stock up on items such as bottled water, canned goods, manual can/bottle opener, flashlights, battery-operated radio, nails, tarps and plywood
Keep an up-to-date log of all of your possessions with photographs and videos, and review your home insurance policy
Trim your trees and shrubs to minimize damage
When a Hurricane Threatens
Cover windows and doors and secure outdoor furniture
Make sure you have three gallons of water per family member
Refill your prescriptions, fill up your car with gas and withdraw a week’s worth of cash since power outages may interrupt these services temporarily
Place important, valuable papers such as your log of possessions in waterproof bags
If you live in a trailer home and are told to evacuate, do so immediately
The authorities in your area will send out an “all clear” notice indicating it is safe for you to leave your home. Until then, remain inside for your own safety.
During a Hurricane
You should have canned food for at least three days and a can opener
Listen to your battery-operated radio for instructions from the local authorities on evacuation and safety guidelines
Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, such as a closet. If you hear the winds subside, do not assume that the storm is over. The calm may be the eye of the storm, in which the worst part is yet to come
If the electricity goes out, use a flashlight to see; do not use candles
What To Do After a Hurricane
Make sure you have pet food and supplies for three days
When inspecting your home for damage, wear sturdy shoes and clothing as protection
Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances instead of trying to do it yourself
Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe
Talk with our personal insurance team to discuss your insurance coverage in the event of a storm or potential claim.