Hurricane preparedness is essential to better protect yourself, your family and your property.
According to ready.gov/ hurricane, here are some helpful tips for this year’s hurricane season. Here are some tips:
• Know your hurricane risk. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Find out how rain, wind, water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.
• Make an emergency plan. Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Don’t forget a plan for the office, kids’ daycare, and anywhere you frequent.
• Gather supplies. Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, cloth face coverings, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk. • If you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability, identify if you may need additional help during an emergency.
• Know your evacuation zone. You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with household, pets, and identify where you will stay.
• Recognize warnings and alerts. Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alertsfrom the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Sign up for community alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)- which requires no-sign up.
• Review important documents. Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like ID are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space.
• Strengthen your home. Declutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture, and consider hurricane shutters.
• Get tech ready. Keep your cell phone charged when you know a hurricane is in the forecast and purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.
• Help your neighborhood. Check with neighbors, senior adults, or those who may need additional help securing hurricane plans to see how you can be of assistance to others.
• Prepare your business. Make sure your business has a continuity plan to continue operating when disaster strikes.