Hurricane Season: 5 Tips To Help You Weather the Storm.
Residents on the eastern seaboard of the United States are no strangers to the catastrophic power of tropical storms and hurricanes. With rapid changes to the Earth’s climate occurring each year, the intensity of storms during the course of hurricane season is steadily increasing.
A larger number of ‘super storms’ like Hurricane Sandy, that affected the northeastern states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut last year, remind us of the unpredictable nature of these storms. Because of the extensive damage and loss of life that these storms can produce, it is important to prepare for this upcoming hurricane season by following these 5 simple steps:
1. Prepare a hurricane safety plan for you and your loved ones. This step includes designating ‘safe rooms’ that would provide optimal shelter during a storm; coordinating an evacuation plan from your house and making sure your vehicles have enough fuel in case of evacuation. Be sure that all members of your household are aware of meet up points and alternate evacuation routes in case of structural damage to the home.
2. Stock up on non-perishable food, plenty of bottled water, batteries, flashlights and first aid kits. Do not hesitate on preparing for a storm. If you wait too long, many grocery and general stores may run out of supplies, leaving you unprepared for the storm. If you own a generator, be sure to stock up on fuel ahead of time to avoid long lines and shortages at the pump.
3. Contact your insurance provider and verify that your policy is up to date. Discuss the coverage with your insurance agent and adjust accordingly. Do not wait until the last minute; insurance companies cannot adjust your policy when a storm watch is implemented on your region.
4. Protect your home and belongings – be sure to board up windows, secure loose outdoor furniture and protect your most valuable belongings in a safe place or at a secure storage facility. By reducing the amount of outdoor furniture and boarding up windows, you can reduce the amount of damage to your dwelling.
5. Remain in your ‘safe room’ or place of shelter until the storm passes. Tropical storms and hurricanes are very dangerous and can cause flooding, damage to trees and can down power lines. If you live in an area that is especially prone to flooding, find the nearest community shelter and remain there until authorities allow you to return to your residence.
The most important thing to remember during hurricane season is that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Many people underestimate the effects of a storm and neglect the proper preparation necessary. In many cases, this can cause life loss and damages to your belongings. We urge you to follow the aforementioned steps and exercise extreme caution when dealing with storms during this upcoming hurricane season.