• Make an emergency plan. Making a plan will help ensure your family is all on the same page if a hurricane strikes. A plan can help you make decisions faster and reduce fear in young children.
• Know your evacuation route. If a hurricane is headed your way, you may be asked to evacuate your home. Knowing your final destination and route in advance can help you evacuate quickly when time is of the essence.
• Sign up for trusted alerts and warnings. During a hurricane, you’ll need access to timely, reliable information. So it’s best to identify several methods to receive alerts or warnings before a hurricane.
• Find a trusted radio news station. If utilities go down, a radio may be your only reliable source of information. Purchase a battery-operated or hand-crank radio to have on standby. And write down your local National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio station frequency.
• Locate important documents. Store copies of your medical information, insurance policies, passports, birth certificates and proof of address together in a waterproof container so you’ll have them on hand if needed.
• Check your insurance policy. Typically, a hurricane watch is called about 48 hours ahead of tropical storm force winds. Once that happens, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get a new policy or make a policy change at the last minute. To ensure your home and property are covered, check in with your insurance agent before hurricane season starts.
• Create a home inventory. In the event you have to file an insurance claim, you’ll need to document everything you’ve lost. That’s where a home inventory can help. It’s a list of all your personal possessions, along with their estimated value. And it’s a great way to help protect the contents of your home.
• Build an emergency kit. It can be hard to imagine several days (or weeks) without power, internet or running water. But during a hurricane, anything can happen. That’s why your family should have supplies ready for any type of disaster.
• Invest in a generator. When a hurricane is on its way, backup power generators are one of the first things to sell out in stores. Buy your hurricane power supply in advance, and familiarize yourself with these 9.
• Protect your pets.. During and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of pets were abandoned because their owners had no plans to evacuate them. To keep your furry friends safe, follow these
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