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May 30

It Only Takes One Storm To Change Your Life

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM by Katie Stamy

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland. It’s easy to forget the damage a hurricane is capable of doing. It’s important you learn what types of wind and water hazards could occur where you live, and start preparing now for how to handle them.

You’re going to need enough supplies to get through the storm and for the potentially lengthy aftermath. You could be without electricity and water services for days or weeks. Have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicines to provide each person and each pet in your family a minimum of one week. You’ll need extra cash and battery-powered radios and flashlights. It is a good idea to purchase fresh batteries as hurricane season begins. If you have a cell phone, you’re going to need a portable, crank, or solar powered USB charger. 

Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have sufficient homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flood damage, and it’s available through the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. Act now, as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period! 

If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, have the proper plywood, steel, or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds. 

Many rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now in regards to “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” strategies. 

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins when you are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. You don’t want to be standing in long lines at a retailer when a hurricane warning is issued. The supplies that you need could be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. An essential resource for help is at www.ready.gov. 

Take the time now to write your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm, get your supplies now, and when a storm threatens, you can simply follow the steps. Being prepared beforehand makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind, water, and long-time recovery. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.