How Prepared Are YOU For A Hurricane?

As our hearts go out to those in Texas affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, I can’t help but to wonder how prepared am I for a natural disaster. How do I prepare? Where do I begin?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods are the main source of natural disasters in the country, yet only about 13% of homeowners have flood insurance. If you don’t have flood insurance, research and invest in flood insurance.

Each year, various parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Here are some basic tips to ensure you’re prepared for a hurricane:

  • If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit, containing cash, a flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies, and medications.
  • If you decide to stay in your home, stock up on supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan and review it annually prior to the start of hurricane season.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications via text or email. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Here’s a great start. For more information on how to best prepare for a hurricane, see here.

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