August is a horrendous month for hurricanes. According to weather.com August is when the Atlantic Hurricane season typically ramps up. After last year, most of us understand the importance of being prepared. And although we’ve been lucky so far this year, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead, just in case we see some bad weather in the near future. So what should you do to make sure you are properly prepared for hurricane season?
Here a few things you can do to make sure you are ready:
- Review your insurance policies to make sure that you are properly covered and if you don’t have flood insurance, now may be the time to add it, in the event of flooding, regular home insurance won’t do much for you.
- Start you’re shopping trip now. It’s not a bad idea to grab a few extra bottles of water, batteries or other hurricane supplies now…avoid the rush and be prepared.Make sure that your ready for anything with a supply of clean water, flashlights, nonperishable food, bug spray, a first aid kit, and cash.
- Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed to make them more wind resistant and to help prevent falling limbs and trees. Keep your gutters clear and repair loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- If you are consider building a safe room, installing hurricane shutters and/or installing a generator now is the time to do it, do not wait until we are under a hurricane watch, when time is of the essence and availability is low.
- Have NOAA radios – you can even purchase ones that will sound alerts for you.
- Gather all important documents that will be necessary to take with you in case of evacuation. Take photos of your roof, exterior and interior of your home and belongings.This will come in handy should you need to file a claim after the storm. You should also have a current photo of each of your children and pets to help you find one another if you get separated at some point. Medical records and pet vaccinations could also come in handy if you are evacuating or need to relocate for a while.
- Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, and Important paperwork (listed above), in a waterproof, portable container, in an easily accessible location.
- If you have an electric garage door opener, know where the manual release lever is and learn how to use it before an outage, same with knowing where and how to turn off utilities.
- Sign up for WEA’s to be sent to your mobile devices. These alerts have a unique tone and vibration for different warnings.
- Download FEMA or app to your smart phone.
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