Getting Prepared for a Hurricane
As we all know, we are in the midst of hurricane season. We are, therefore, reaching out to share information regarding hurricane preparedness. Please see below a list of supplies you will need, questions you should ask your insurance agent, and information regarding local emergency shelters.
In addition to these basics, here are a few other items to consider when preparing for a hurricane:
1. Water, batteries and non-perishables may run low in some stores. Be sure to purchase anything you may need off the list as soon as possible before supplies sell out.
2. Many people from South Florida and the Keys will inevitably be making their way up the coast. This will congest gas stations so it is recommended that you fill up your cars and spare gas tanks as soon as possible.
3. Make sure you have a battery-powered radio and clock! Cell service may be interrupted and these items will help you to stay informed.
4. If you have a generator, test it to make sure that it's working properly and verify that you have all the supplies needed to use it. Remember that if your generator is gas-powered to not run in indoors.
5. Double check what is covered under your homeowners insurance and make adjustments as necessary. Take a video or pictures of your home and your belongings in case they are needed for an insurance claim. Secure any important documents in water-proof containers.
6. Ensure that you have some cash on hand, as power outages can interrupt the ability to use credit cards.
7. Contact your family and let them know your plan. Also, check on your neighbors and those who might need extra help preparing for the storm.
8. Have a plan for your pets as well. Make sure they have food, water, and medicine for at least 7 days.
9. And finally, if you plan on evacuating, be prepared. Traffic will back up and cause delays. It is recommended that you begin evacuation as early as you are able to.
Please stay safe!