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Preparing for hurricane season in our area should start in June.   Some things you can do now:

  • Start collecting supplies
    • water,
    • nonperishable food supply for 3 -7  days,
    • can opener,
    • batteries,
    • flashlights / battery operated lanterns
    • first aid, prescriptions, 
    • wood / shutters for windows,
    • tarp to cover openings in roofs and windows 
    • NOAA weather radio, 
    • special items for infants or elderly or special needs
    • cash
  • Check your generator if it's been awhile
  • Have an inventory listing of your belongings.  Take pictures of each room.
  • Trim trees back to avoid heavy limbs falling on people, home, and autos.
  • Plan your evacuation route in advance of a storm including finding pet friendly hotels if necessary
  • Get wind and flood insurance if you do not have it.  Plan early.  It takes flood insurance 30 days to take effect.

 Before a storm comes :

  • Understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning.  A hurricane watch means a hurricane may occur within the next 24-36 hours.  A hurricane warning means that a hurricane will probably strike your area within the next 24 hours.
  • Prepare a survival kit with first aid.
  • Close storm shutters and board up all windows.
  • Review how to shut off utilities in an emergency with all family members.
  • Secure all outdoor objects or move them inside.
  • Secure your boat or car and move to a safer place.
  • Fuel your car in case you must leave immediately.
  • Evacuate if necessary.   Please follow the authorities' request to evacuate.  Inform significant others of where you plan to evacuate.

 During a storm:

  • Listen to the radio for important storm information and instructions.
  • If at home, stay inside and away from all windows, skylights and glass doors.  Do not go outside, even if the weather appears to have calmed.  The "eye" of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when the strong winds resume.
  • Close all interior doors if you can do so safely.
  • Take refuge on the first floor in an interior room like a closet or hallway or bathroom.
  • If you are in a second story home, go to a first floor interior room (winds are stronger at higher elevations)
  • If you must evacuate, leave as soon as possible and be sure to tell someone outside of the storm area where you will be.

After a storm:

  • Stay tuned to the radio or television.  If you have had to evacuate, return home only after the authorities advise it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Beware and check for gas leaks or electrical system damage.
  • Make temporary repairs as necessary like covering holes in roofs or windows.
  • Call a water restoration company who can help you extract surface water.
  • Do not drink tap water until officials deem it safe.
  • Report the loss to your agent so we can help you.

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