If you own a house that is located along the ocean, bay, or within a coastal community, you’ve most likely had your share of hurricane warnings and you may have even suffered the effects of a storm. Although you can’t stop storms from happening, with preparation, you can protect your family, your home and your possessions from their damaging effects. Sometimes, the best way to fight back is to be ready.
How to Prepare
- Stay informed about approaching storms by monitoring NOAA Weather radio or local television and radio stations for updates and evacuations.
- Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plan and know your evacuation route. Select a common meeting place or single point-of-contact for all family members. If you have pets, have a plan for their evacuation as well.
- Fill your gas tank and charge your cell phone so you’re ready in case of evacuation. Be sure to bring your phone’s charger with you.
- Keep important documents, such as legal papers, birth certificates, marriage license, financial papers and insurance policy information, as well as valuables such as jewelry, in a safety deposit box or in a bolted safe in an interior closet in your home.
- Maintain an emergency supply kit that will sustain you and your family for a 72-hour period. This kit should include flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, clothing and toiletries. Replace and/or refresh items in your kit every six months.
- Trim large trees and shrubs. Bring outside patio and lawn furniture, potted plants, and outdoor bicycles and toys indoors. Close and secure all awnings and tie down any loose items that may become projectiles in a high wind.
- Make sure windows, doors and skylights are protected with appropriate shutters or impact-resistant glass. Plywood can be used as last-minute protection.
- Regularly test your gas-powered generator and have plenty of fuel to ensure that it’s ready when you need it.
- If you are a collector, make a list of all works or objects in your collection. Include notes about any existing damage, as well as the condition of the frames and bases.
- Secure all interior wall hangings and be sure that art hung on outside walls are taken off the wall and placed in an interior room, at least 3 inches off the floor.
- Bring outdoor sculptures inside or secure outside in burlap or blankets tied with rope.
- If you’re located in a potential flood zone, move your car to higher ground or park it in your garage, carport or against the house to protect at least one side from flying debris. Do not park under trees, power lines or in low-lying areas.
- For cars in your home garage, park them against the garage doors to keep them from buckling inward and potentially blowing them off the tracks.
- Keep your family emergency kit as well as booster cables and tools, tire repair kit/spare tire, matches, flashlights, shovel and traction mats in your car.
- Keep a copy of your homeowners insurance policy with you in a waterproof container.
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