As we have all seen the unforeseen and tragic destruction caused by weather events recently, it reminds us that every precautionary effort should be taken to ensure our homes and families are protected.
Hurricane season is officially upon us and the best way to protect your family and your home is to be prepared. Living on or near waterfront property is a popular and ideal choice for homeowners and vacationers, but it also comes with vulnerability to storms, floods and possible destruction. Your first order of action is to create a detailed plan and make sure your entire family knows the plan.
Here are some precautionary steps you can take:
- Have your home and property assessed for risk and vulnerability and make sure you have the appropriate insurance
- Create a disaster plan for your family (and your pets!) including an evacuation plan
- Have enough food (canned goods) and water for 2 weeks
- Make ice ahead of time and store in Ziploc bags
- Make sure you’re stocked for hurricane supplies including: batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, tools, radios, tarps, etc.
- Take advantage of Tax Amnesty Days and stock up!
- Store important documents in waterproof container
- Ensure you have enough medical supplies and prescriptions
- Trim tree limbs
- Anchor down any equipment or outside furniture that could potentially be hazardous
- Fill your vehicles with gas and stock up
- Charge all cell phones and have battery back up
- Park vehicles in a safe location and out of a flood zone, when possible
- Stay tuned to local news stations for updates
For boat owners, here are some more tips on how you can best prepare for a storm and protect your boat.
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