Happy Hurricane Season!
Officially, hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30. But tell that to a storm with 75 MPH winds traveling towards your home in May. Just today the first tropical depression of the season formed in the Atlantic. It is time to get prepared for hurricanes, so this week is Hurricane Preparedness Week.
The National Hurricane Center has designated this week to remind people in hurricane prone areas to get prepared for possible hurricanes. Here are some safety and preparedness tips:
Family Hurricane Plan
Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
Locate a safe room in your home for each hurricane hazard (storm surge, flooding, wind etc.).
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
Have an out-of-state contact person, so your family members have a single point of contact.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
Check your hurricane insurance coverage.
Make a disaster supply kit, and stock non-perishable emergency supplies.
Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace the battery every 6 months, just like smoke detectors.
Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
Check your Disaster Supply Kit--See if there's anything you need to add to your kit. Replenish your water.
Activate your Family Hurricane Plan--Protective measures should be started, especially those that require extra time (securing a boat or leaving a barrier island, for example).
Ready your Disaster Supply Kit for use--If you need to evacuate, bring your kit with you.
Use your Family Hurricane Plan--Your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.
No one wants to think of a hurricane destroying their home. But if you have homeowners insurance, then you're already protected--hurricane insurance coverage is standard in most home insurance policies.