HURRICANE PREPARATION TIPS
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.
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.
Flood insurance may not be part of a homeowner’s regular insurance. The same applies for renters. Check with your agent.
Make copies of important documents such as proof of ownership of homes, cars and boats.
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.
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