Preparing for Hurricane Season

With the start of June, hurricane season is officially here! As forecasters are already warning that the 2013 hurricane season may be more active than normal, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared before a hurricane hits.

To prepare for hurricane season, here’s what you should do:

  • Know your homes vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest area of your home for each hurricane hazard.
  • Determine escape routes from your home, and set a place for your family to meet.
  • Stock-up on non-perishable food supplies, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries. Check out our handy supply list to make your preparation easier.
  • Have a non-electrical analog telephone or a fully charged cell phone available in case you need to make an emergency call.

If a hurricane is predicted, do the following:

  • Adjust your refrigerator’s temperature to the coldest setting to reduce the potential of food spoiling if the power is temporarily lost.
  • Remove fuses from the air conditioning system to prevent damage.
  • Turn off water to prevent damage from broken pipes.
  • Turn off the gas to prevent leaks.

And here’s what to do if an evacuation is ordered:

  • Unplug all appliances, TV’s and computers before leaving your home.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as your family contact; so all your family members have a single contact point.

For more information on preparing for hurricane season, check out the Hurricane 101 section of our website!