HUR­RI­CANE PREPA­RA­TION TIPS

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1

Storm surge can reach more than 20 feet and cover hun­dreds of miles, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter. Know­ing where to go is a crit­i­cal part of an evac­u­a­tion plan. Res­i­dents should know well in ad­vance of a storm’s ar­rival if they live in an evac­u­a­tion area.

2

Stock up far in ad­vance. Hur­ri­cane kits should in­clude items such as ra­dios that are ei­ther bat­tery pow­ered or hand cranked, flash­lights and bat­ter­ies, whis­tles to sig­nal for help and lo­cal maps. Don’t wait un­til the last minute.

3

Flood in­surance may not be part of a home­owner’s reg­u­lar in­surance. The same ap­plies for renters. Check with your agent.

4

Make copies of im­por­tant doc­u­ments such as proof of ownership of homes, cars and boats.

5

In­spect your home for such things as loose shin­gles or dam­age to roofs that could in­crease de­struc­tion. Trim or re­move any dam­aged trees or limbs that might threaten your home. Se­cure rain gut­ters. Pro­tect win­dows with storm shut­ters or half-inch thick ma­rine ply­wood. Find a safe and se­cure place to store lawn fur­ni­ture and other items.

6

In ad­di­tion to stock­ing up on bat­ter­ies, con­sider stor­ing data/doc­u­ments some­place out of a hur­ri­cane’s path. Sources: ac­cuweather.com., ready.gov/hur­ri­canes, red­cross.org

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