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Before the Storm

hurricane safety & preparedness Hurricanes and tropical storms generally can be tracked days ahead of any impact, providing ample time to prepare for a potential evacuation. These storms can change direction, speed and
intensity quickly, however. That makes it all the more important to make a plan to protect the people and things you value before a hurricane or tropical storm arrives.
No matter the type of severe weather, there are always three essential steps to disaster and emergency preparedness:

   

Have a disaster supply kit, so you're ready for any emergency.
    Develop a plan for what you and your family will do before disaster strikes.
    Stay informed during severe weather... any way you can.

Prepare

Create a written emergency preparedness and action plan for your family and/or business.

    Decide where to go if you're at home, school, work, outdoors, or in a car when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Update these plans every school year and as places of employment and
residence change.
    Identify two places where you and your family members can meet if you are separated: one outside your home and another outside your neighborhood.
    Learn how your local government handles emergencies by contacting your local American Red Cross chapter or local Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

Review your insurance coverage for your home and business

    Speak with your insurance agent or provider to make sure you have the coverage you need.
    Determine your flood insurance eligibility homeowners insurance typically does not cover flood damage.

For more information on insurance coverage related to flooding:

    .The Insurance Information Institute
    .National Insurance Consumer Hotline (1-800-942-4242)
    .The National Flood Insurance Program

Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone by contacting your local emergency management office.

    Make an evacuation plan if you live in an area vulnerable to storm surge or flooding.
    Identify the evacuation route you will use if you are told to evacuate.
    Research alternate routes, if possible.
    Have current paper (hard-copy) maps on hand. (Don't rely only on smartphones and mobile devices, as cellular networks may be down in your area during a storm.)
    Alert friends and family members of your route and destination.
    Fill your gas tank before the storm. Power outages can shut down gas stations.
    Determine the nearest low-rise building outside of flood zones where you can evacuate an official public shelter, a hotel, or a friend's or relative's home.
    Find out if where you're going will accept pets.

Assemble a hurricane survival kit

    Obtain emergency supplies far in advance of a storm. If you wait until hurricane is on your doorstep, the items could be in very short supply or even unavailable.
    Test emergency equipment such as generators and flashlights.
    Include at least a 3-day supply of water (a gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food.
    Perishable items should be changed or replaced every 6 months.
    Make certain everything you need is in one specific, easy-to-access location.
    Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for The Weather Channel's free alerts for your mobile phone or email.

Protect your property

    Decide where you will store your boat during a tropical storm or hurricane, and factor into your action plan the time to move it to storage.
    Buy plywood or shutters for protecting windows.
    Trim trees to reduce the amount of flying debris.

Prepare your home

There are a number of cost-effective measures that can be taken to strengthen the exterior and interior structural integrity of a house. Learn more:

    Keep out wind and water during a hurricane
    Hurricane shutters: How they can protect your home
    Protect your home from hurricane damage


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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