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Posted on 08/23/2011, by Jeremy Edsall

Storm On The Way: Are You Prepared?

During a hurricane, heavy rains and catastrophic winds barrel through coastal areas and can severely damage or destroy homes and businesses. To help you plan and remain safe during these potentially deadly storms, we’ve gathered the following safety tips for you and your family:

Staying Safe in the Storm

During Hurricane Season:
§  Plan evacuation routes and designate a “post-disaster contact person” that family members know to call once the storm is over.
§  Stock up on items such as bottled water, canned goods, manual can/bottle opener, flashlights, battery-operated radio, nails, tarps and plywood.
§  Keep an up-to-date log of all of your possessions with photographs and videos, and review your home insurance policy.
§  Trim your trees and shrubs to minimize damage.

When there’s a Hurricane Threat:
§  Refill your prescriptions, fill-up your car with gas and withdraw a week’s worth of cash since power outages may interrupt these services temporarily.
§  Place important, valuable papers such as your log of possessions in waterproof bags.
§  Cover windows and doors and secure outdoor furniture.
§  If you live in a trailer home and are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
During a Hurricane:
§  Listen to your battery-operated radio for instructions from the local authorities on evacuation and safety guidelines.
§  Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, such as a closet. If you hear the winds subside, do not assume that the storm is over. The calm may be the eye of the storm, in which the worst part is yet to come.
§  If the electricity goes out, use a flashlight to see; do not use candles.
After a Hurricane:
§  When inspecting your home for damage, wear sturdy shoes and clothing as protection.
§  Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances instead of trying to do it yourself.
§  Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe.
Planning is important when it comes to hurricanes, and that includes having the proper home insurance. Contact us to learn more about all our risk management solutions.

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