Hurricanes are at their peak from June through November. During a hurricane, heavy rains and catastrophic winds barrel through coastal areas and can severely damage or destroy homes and businesses. The best way to minimize damage is to be prepared before one strikes.
DURING HURRICANE SEASON
- Plan evacuation routes and designate a contact person who family members know to call once the storm is over
- Stock up on items such as bottled water, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, nails, tarps & plywood
- Keep an up-to-date log of all of your possessions with photographs and videos, and review your home insurance policy
WHEN THERE'S A HURRICANE THREAT
- Cover windows and doors and secure outdoor furniture
- If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately
- Refill your prescriptions, fill up your gas tanks and withdraw a week's worth of cash so you are prepared in the event of a power outage
DURING A HURRICANE
- Listen to 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 the electricity goes out, use a flashlight to see - try to avoid candles
- If you hear the winds subside, do not assume that the storm is over - the calm may be the eye of the storm and the worst part may still be coming
Once a hurricane is over, stay inside until you hear that an "all clear" notice has been issued. If you were told to evacuate, do not return home until you have been given permission by the authorities.
Exercise extreme caution when inspecting your home for damage. Do not try to inspect damaged utilities and appliances; contact a professional to do so.
Preparation is key for hurricane damage prevention - start today.
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