How to Prepare for a Hurricane

  • November 13, 2019
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With hurricane season still underway along the East Coast, we want to advise our clients on the best way to prepare for these natural disasters. These are several things that you can do right up until a hurricane hits that will help to protect your home, assets, and family. Follow the information below to adequately prepare for the next hurricane and the devastation it could bring.

Advanced Preparation

Try to find out the risk level that your community is facing for the hurricane that is due to hit. Sign up for any emergency notification system and look out for signs of flash flooding. Additionally, make sure that you have an evacuation plan and know where your nearest shelters are located. Try to collect three days worth of supplies, and don’t forget pets or any family members that need regular medication. Keep all your important documents somewhere safe, and review your insurance policy to see what it covers regarding hurricane damage.

Three Days Before the Hurricane

Check your TV or radio regularly for the latest forecasts and emergency instructions. Double-check you have enough supplies to last the next few days. Have a plan in place to keep in touch with family members in case the power goes out. Fill your car with gas and make sure the vehicle is running correctly. Stash some emergency clothes and supplies in the car.

24-36 Hours Before the Hurricane

Place a bookmark on your city website to quickly access any emergency instructions during the storm. Take any loose objects indoors; these can become dangerous projectiles when winds get high. This includes all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and propane tanks. Also, trim or remove any trees that could damage property. Cover all your windows, using permanent storm shutters if possible.

6 Hours Before Hurricane

Unless you’ve been instructed to evacuate, stay indoors and keep in contact with your family and friends. Close all storm shutters and stay away from the windows. Turn your refrigerator down to its coldest setting and only use it when necessary. This can help to keep food fresh if there is a power cut. Keep the TV and radio on and check the city or county website for updates.

During a Hurricane

Be sure to evacuate if you’ve been told to do so, don’t drive around the barricades. Get to the highest level of a building if you become trapped by flooding. Listen to all emergency instructions and information, and use generators or gas-powered equipment away from the windows. Don’t ever try to swim, walk, or drive through floodwaters; this is when serious accidents take place. 

If your home has been damaged by a hurricane or another storm, contact our team of public adjusters.