With hurricanes becoming more common, preparing for them is more important than ever! No matter where you are, have a plan that’s ready to use. Our Get Ready Team has a new hurricane infographic that can be used to prepare you and your loved ones. The infographic builds on our fact sheet. Be sure to check them both out to know about being ready before, during and after a hurricane!
Here are a few quick tips:
Have flood insurance before a hurricane. It’s different from homeowners’ or renters’ insurance because they usually don’t cover floods. Flood insurance covers your broken or damaged belongings like a car, home or belongings after a flood. It takes 30 days before insurance can be used on your belongings. The more likely the area is for flooding, the higher the cost will be for having flood insurance. You can find out if flood insurance is right for you by going online to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA have lots of information on costs, types of insurance and helping after floods.
Protect your home! Covering doors, windows and other open spaces with tape and boards will prevent flooding inside. The boards will stop the windows from shattering. Waste will also be floating around and keeping it out of your home by putting up boards will make cleaning up easier and faster.
Have an evacuation plan ready for you and your loved ones. Practice evacuation plans as a family. Knowing the safety routes in your area before a hurricane can save lives! Learning about local warning systems is important. They can alert you about an evacuation or if you need to take cover at a nearby shelter. Officials in the area will usually send the alerts, like the Red Cross or FEMA.
Have a supply kit ready to grab and go! It should have:
• First aid kit
• Important documents
• Extra batteries
• Pet supplies
• Battery-operated radio
Make sure to check your supplies twice a year. Rotate out items like food and medicine before it’s expired. It’s also important to keep the kit in an easy to grab area in case of an evacuation.
Listen to Officials
Officials will have the most helpful information during an emergency. They can tell you when it’s time to leave or places to go that are safe. Listening to their directions is the best option! A great place to stay updated about a hurricane and its movements is through the National Hurricane Center online. If your power goes out, you can use a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to listen to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio. Find your local station at https://www.weather.gov/nwr/station_search. Another online information source is FEMA, which provides up-to-date information about storms and their aftermath. It also offers contact information for officials that can help you after a hurricane or other disaster.
Hurricanes can affect almost anyone so share these tips to protect you and your loved ones by being prepared!