How to Prepare for a Storm Hurricane

by Team HomeServe Top Tips and Lists  

1) Be informed:

Forewarned is forearmed: The more knowledge you have about the potential of storms or hurricanes in your area and what to do, the better prepared you will be…

  • Know your closest evacuation zone---check with the authorities

  • Assess your home’s risk to storms, wind and flooding---check building codes

  • Keep up-to-date on weather forecasts

  • Make a list of emergency contacts: public safety, local hospitals, utility companies, the Red Cross, local news services

  • Know your insurance policy

  • Document your home inventory with photos or video

  • Enter hurricane season prepared

2) Make a plan:

Do not leave things to chance: A good plan can help you weather the storm- literally and ensure your and your family’s safety…

  • Have an emergency plan in place for your family and don’t forget your pets

  • Ensure your children’s schools have plans in place

  • Prepare a basic disaster supplies kit (medicals, tools, supplies) keep it in your car

  • Have lots of flashlights and batteries

  • Make sure you have non-perishable foods in stock

3) Heed warnings:

Immediately react to extreme weather warnings: Ensure you and your family are in the safest place possible before the storms sets in

  • Move far away from low-lying areas

  • Prepare to board up windows

  • Secure objects that are outside your home

  • If authorities say evacuate, evacuate

5) Remain safe during the storm:

Sit tight for as long as it takes: Staying in place until the authorities officially say the storm has passed, takes discipline, patience, and a little practice.

  • Remain in a secure room in the house

  • Tune in to TV, Radio, or Internet (if you can) for information

  • Be alert for tornadoes-- hurricanes are often the opening act

  • Stay where you are after the eye of the storm passes, there may be more winds of hurricane strength

6) Be vigilant after the storm:

Recover Slowly: Here’s a start to get your home and life back to normal. But take your time. Natural disasters can’t be Swiffered.

  • Make sure the storm has completely passed before going out

  • Report any power lines which have been downed. Stay away from them

  • If your home is without power, report this - authorities will not automatically know

  • Wait until an area is declared as safe before returning home

Follow these steps and you be ready for the next big one. Remember: be informed, make a plan, take action, remain calm.

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