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How to Prep for a Hurricane
Certain regions are more prone to hurricanes than other natural disasters. Knowing this gives you the power to prepare in advance so you can have a hurricane safety plan ready to go, if you ever need one.
We’ve compiled some tips to help you secure your home and family if you hear that bad weather is coming your way. Here’s what you’ll want to plan for.
Make evacuation plans. Preparing for an evacuation gives everyone a solid plan to follow and a sense of purpose. It should include exact instructions on how to get out of the house and where to go next, as well as a meeting point should anyone get separated. It is also one of the best ways to cover your bases and ensure safety for every member of your household.
Know your evacuation route. Local governments will provide you with evacuation routes and plans in advance. Testing all evacuation routes in good weather and making note of landmarks will help ease your stress in the midst of a hurricane.
Create a hurricane supply kit. Make a natural disaster kit that is universal enough to be used no matter what the situation and then get ready to grab it and go if you evacuate. Having those supplies on hand eliminates last-second shopping and standing in long lines.
Tend to the paperwork. Keep copies of important documents somewhere secure. Include property titles, insurance information, birth certificates and other vital paperwork. If you’re going to store them in your home, a fireproof and waterproof document safe is a smart and minimal investment.
Protect your home. Routinely keeping the exterior of your home in sound condition makes it better able to weather the storm. But when it comes down to the wire, take extra precautions like boarding up your windows, sealing any holes or cracks, and bringing in outdoor accessories and furniture. However, if the order to evacuate comes, leave that behind and protect your family and yourself first.
Listen to official warnings. Safety and appropriate responses hinge on accurate and timely information. Installing weather alert apps on your phone is a great idea but having a NOAA weather radio keeps you constantly on top of weather information. It is always wise to follow the “better safe than sorry” tenet when a hurricane is approaching.
Being proactive about hurricanes and tropical storms is smart! But when it comes to natural disasters, you can never be too prepared. Connect with your local agent to discuss your home insurance coverage options and get the peace of mind you deserve. We’ll always be there when you need us most.