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Hurricane season is here. Are you prepared?

While we hope for a calmer season this year, now you can determine your hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review or update your insurance policy. Learn how to prepare with these simple steps.

Determine Your Risk.

Hurricanes bring many hazards to U.S. coastlines and inland areas, including storm surges along the coast, flooding due to heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents, and large waves.

Develop An Evacuation Plan

Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and identify trusted sources for receiving evacuation orders. Plan for multiple options on where to go and how to get there. Have a go bag for supplies and a plan for your pets.

Assemble A Supplies 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. Gas up your vehicle and have cash on hand. To help you get started, we have developed a disaster supply list

Get An Insurance Checkup

Check with your insurance agency before hurricane season. Remember that flood insurance is obtained separately. Prepare your home and vehicles according to your policy. Know where you keep the insurance documents and take them if evacuating.

Strengthen Your Home

There's a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds. Trim trees on your property and get approved window coverings. Ahead of storms, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors on your property and find a safe location for your vehicle.

Help Your Neighbor

Many people, especially senior citizens, rely on the assistance of neighbors before and after hurricanes. Help them collect the supplies they'll need before the storm. Assist them with evacuation if ordered to do so, or check on them after it's safe for you to head outside.

Complete A Written Plan

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


Source: NOAA | Weather-Ready Nation | National Hurricane Preparedness

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