When Hurricane Season comes around, it’s important to ensure that you keep yourself, your family, and your property prepared for what Mother Nature may bring. When you’re preparing your hurricane safety plan, here are a few important steps to take that could go a long way in helping keep you protected this hurricane season.
1. Pack an Emergency Preparedness Kit
When the bad weather sets in, being able to immediately grab a bag of your most important items cuts the time between preparing to leave and reaching safety. Keep a duffle bag handy with the following items so that you’ll have the essentials ready at a moment’s notice.
- 3 days’ worth of non-perishable food items
- A manual/solar battery pack with chargers for your devices
- Important medication
- One to two fresh changes of clothes
- Copies of important documents, family photos, and irreplaceable heirlooms
2. Fill Up All Cars and Gas Canisters
If it’s left sitting for too long, gas does go bad. Before a storm strikes, make sure that your cars are filled with a full tank of gas and any gas canisters needed to power generators are topped off with fresh gas that can keep the lights on in case of a power outage. While you never know how far you'll need to go, the best option is to always be prepared to the fullest and ready for whatever may happen.
3. Board Up Windows and Doors
Before evacuating, take time to board up all windows and doors. This additional level of protection is an important part of minimizing the chance that flying debris or strong winds break through windows and damage the inside of your home.
4. Make a Plan
While preparing, make sure that everyone in your household is on the same page. Know where you plan to meet up in case of separation – come together to pick a notable landmark that is recognizable by anyone. Also, ensure that everyone has the latest contact information for the entire group and that an out-of-state contact knows where to reach each person to verify that they are accounted for.
While it’s never fun to think about what could happen when a hurricane is on its way, preparing resources and having a plan in place goes a long way in ensuring that all parties are fully prepared for whatever may come.
If you’re interested in learning more about a personal insurance policy to keep your belongings covered – both during hurricane season and year-round – our team at Lowry is ready to help.