Last Updated: May 1, 2022
It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week! It’s time to get ready for Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Check out these great tips from the National Weather Service to help you determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, review/update insurance policies, prepare your home and business and gather emergency supplies. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, now is a good time to get ready.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hurricanes have caused eight of the ten costliest disasters ever in U.S. history. Just a few inches of water and/or strong winds can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Throughout the season, forecasters watch hurricanes as they develop hundreds of miles off the coast. While we may be alerted that a hurricane is coming, often, we don’t know the impact it will have on a community until well after landfall. To ensure the safety of you and your family, don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare; know your zone.
1. Determine Your Risk
The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family now, before the first storm of the season even forms.
2. Develop An Evacuation Plan
Take some time to create or edit your hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing and/ or type it up and save it online and back it up on the cloud.
Zones by State
3. Assemble Emergency Supplies
Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of three days. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.
4. Review Your Insurance Policies
5. Prepare Your Property
There’s a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds. Take action now before hurricane season begins. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.
6. Help Your Neighbors Plan Ahead
Many people rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes.
7. Complete Your Written/Typed Plan
8. Download Local & National Weather Alert Apps
Sign up for local alerts on your phone. Visit Ready.Gov Alerts and learn how to search for local alerts and weather apps that are relevant for hazards that affect your area. Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. Sign up now so you’re prepared when the weather gets worse.
At Home Repair, LLC, we have definitely witnessed our share of hurricanes over the last 30 years. Being prepared is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property. We proudly serve property owners in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It’s important to know your risk level and zone, even in areas where hurricanes aren’t common. Previous hurricanes including Sandy, Irene and Agnes have proven that the effects can spread to areas inland, including statewide power outages and costly property damage. Together, we can do our best to be prepared and mitigate risk.
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- National Weather Service: Hurricane Preparedness Tips
- Find Your Evacuation Zone
- CDC: Health & Safety Guidelines
- FEMA: Mobile App
- FEMA: National Flood Insurance Program
- FEMA: What is Mitigation?
- Ready.Gov: Alerts
- Ready.Gov: Community Preparedness & Neighbors
- Ready.Gov: Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Ready.Gov: Make A Plan