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5 Essential Tips for Hurricane Preparedness: How to Stay Safe and Ready

Hurricane Season Sign
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and ends on November 30. Stay safe and be prepared!

A comprehensive emergency preparedness plan is essential. Being ready can make a big difference in how you respond and recover from a hurricane. Learn how to keep your home and family safe before a hurricane hits.


Develop An Evacuation Plan

Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and identify trusted sources for receiving evacuation orders. Know where you will go, how you will get there, and where you will stay. Have an alternate evacuation option and a plan for your pets.


Complete A Written Plan

Writing down your hurricane plan will help you avoid mistakes during an emergency and ensure everyone in your home is ready for the storm. Have a list of important contacts, including those outside the potential impact area, and keep this information in a waterproof container with your emergency supplies kit. Review and practice your plan with your family and friends.


Backpack with emergency supplies kit
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Assemble An Emergency Supply Kit

Prepare a list of supplies and assemble them before hurricane season begins. Have enough food and water for each person for at least three days. Fill your prescriptions and have medicine on hand. Radios, batteries, and phone chargers are also a must-have. For a list of items for your kit, download this supply list.


Emergency Supply List
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Get an Insurance Checkup

Review your insurance policies with an agent to ensure your home and personal property are covered. If you are in a flood zone, you must have flood insurance. Prepare your home and vehicles according to your policy, and know where you keep the insurance documents and take them if evacuating.


Strengthen Your Home

You can improve the ability of your home to withstand hurricane conditions by trimming

trees on your property and getting approved window coverings. Ahead of storms, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors on your property, and find a safe location for your vehicle.


Is your association prepared for the hurricane season? We can help your community before, during, and after the storm. Our team of experts and trusted vendors will be there to implement your community emergency preparedness plans, communicate with your board and residents, assess damages, manage clean-up or repairs, and assist with the insurance claim process. Nobody wants to go through a hurricane, but it's less stressful with Rizzetta & Company on your side. 


To learn how a professional management company like Rizzetta & Company can help your association, contact a member of our team.





 

Sources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources. https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane


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