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10 tips to stay safe during hurricane season

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

Hurricane season official starts today. Staying safe requires awareness, preparation and knowing what to do before, during and after a hurricane. Here are some essential tips:

  • Stay informed. Monitor local news, weather reports and official sources like the National Hurricane Center for updates on storms and their paths. Sign up for emergency alerts and follow instructions from authorities.

  • Create an emergency plan. Develop a family emergency plan that outlines evacuation routes, meeting points and communication methods. Ensure that all family members understand the plan and practice it regularly.

  • Prepare an emergency kit. Assemble a kit with nonperishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, first-aid supplies, essential medications, important documents and personal hygiene items.

  • Protect your property. Install hurricane shutters or plywood over windows, secure loose outdoor items, and trim trees and branches that could become projectiles in strong winds. Keep gutters and downspouts clear to prevent water damage.

  • Know your evacuation zone. Familiarize yourself with evacuation zones and routes, and be prepared to leave if an evacuation order is issued.

  • Prepare your vehicle. Keep your car fueled and ready for evacuation, including any necessary supplies for pets.

  • Safeguard important documents. Keep insurance policies, birth certificates and identification in a waterproof container, or digitize them for easy access.

  • Review your insurance. Make sure you have adequate coverage for your property and belongings, including flood insurance if necessary.

  • Stay indoors during a hurricane. If you are not ordered to evacuate, stay inside and away from windows and glass doors. Find a small, windowless, interior room on the lowest level that is not prone to flooding.

  • Be cautious after the storm. After the hurricane has passed, be aware of hazards such as downed power lines, contaminated water and debris. Follow official guidance on when it is safe to return home and begin the recovery process.

By staying informed, planning and taking appropriate precautions, you can significantly increase your chances of being safe during hurricane season.


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