Well, here we are again! As many of you know, hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th and even though it comes around the same time each year, it always seems to sneak up on us. Maybe it’s because it’s very scary and no one wants to think about a hurricane hitting their home, but hurricane season is officially here and we need to be ready for it.
I’m sure you know the old sports adage - the best offense is a great defense! This year, let’s have a great defense and protect ourselves from these emergencies as best as we can. Oh, and a big plus is that many of the hurricane preparations you can do just one time and it will last for a couple of years or more!
Here are a few tips to make you the envy of the most prepared neighbor:
Create a Hurricane Emergency Kit
FEMA has created an Emergency Supply Kit list that is a great start. If you have children, pets, or if you are elderly, then your needs would be expanded beyond this list to include additional items to meet those needs. Here’s a great list to get you started:
Water: one gallon of water per person per day for three days; for drinking and sanitation
Food: at least three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery powered or crank radio and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Dust mask for each person
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Important family documents including insurance policies, identification, and bank account records
Cash or traveler’s checks
Sleeping bag or blanket and pillow for each person
At least one complete change of clothes and shoes per person
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted to 9 parts water to 1 parts bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant or 16 drops per gallon of water to treat water. Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.
Personal hygiene items
Cups, plates, utensils, paper towels, etc.
Paper and pencil
Waterproof container for all items
Prepare Your Home
We have many resources that can help you prepare your home for a hurricane that can be found here. There are also so many helpful links if there were an emergency, like Highway Safety, Weather Radio, FEMA, and many others.
Create a Checklist & Practice for Emergencies With Your Family
Where will you meet your family members if all of you are not home during evacuation?
What is your backup plan if you are unable to reach your family?
What route will you and your family need to take to get out of your community? Do you have another route if it’s blocked?
What items do you need to take with you?
Have you downloaded community alerts on your phone or computer for updates?
What emergency services are in your community to help you with an emergency?
Do you have a place for your pets if you need to leave your home? Will you be able to take them with you?
Have you designated someone out of the area for all family to connect with to keep in touch?
Do you know the emergency plans of school of your children and your workplace?
Being prepared for hurricane season doesn’t take out all the stress, but it sure does help you sleep at night knowing that you are as ready as you can be! Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” At Bouchard Insurance, we want to make sure our community is as equipped as we can be! If you know of an unprepared family, please share this information with them and, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We are always here to help!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christin Snow is a Personal Lines Account Manager at Bouchard Insurance. Christin is experienced in all lines of personal insurance. | Connect on LinkedIn