Prepare for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is upon us, and it's more important than ever to make sure you and your family are prepared. Hurricanes can cause widespread damage and lead to power outages, flooding, and other problems, so it's important to have a plan in place ahead of time. Here are some tips to help you get ready for hurricane season.
Know your hurricane risk
Before you can start preparing for a hurricane, you need to know if you're at risk. Those who live in coastal areas or near large bodies of water are at the highest risk, but hurricanes can also cause inland flooding and damage. Make sure you know what kind of risk you face so you can be better prepared.
Create an emergency kit
Everybody should have an emergency kit on hand in case of hurricanes or other disasters. Your kit should include items like non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, a battery-operated radio, and flashlights. You may also want to include important documents like birth certificates and insurance information. Keep your kit in a safe place where you can easily grab it if you need to evacuate.
In the event of a hurricane, you may need to evacuate your home or take shelter in place. Make sure you have a plan for both scenarios so that everyone in your family knows what to do. If you need to evacuate, choose a safe place to go ahead of time and map out the route you'll take to get there. If you're staying put, identify an interior room where you can take shelter and make sure everyone in your family knows where it is. And don't forget about your pets! Make sure they're included in your evacuation plans as well.
Once hurricane season starts, keep an eye on the news and weather reports so that you know when a storm is headed our way. Download a weather app on your phone or sign up for email or text alerts from your local news station so that you'll always be in the loop. And make sure you have multiple ways to get information in case one method fails during a power outage (i.e., battery-operated radio vs smartphone app).
Hurricane season is here, so now is the time to start preparing! By following these tips, you can ensure that you and your family are as safe as possible if a storm does come our way.