There’s No Such Thing As “Too Prepared”

As we welcome the back-to-school season, it’s important to remember that it’s still hurricane season as well. If you’ve been watching the weather reports lately, you already know about Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Joyce in the Atlantic Ocean.

In a continuing effort to prepare you for hurricanes and other severe weather, here are some tips for what to do before a storm hits:

  • Determine safe evacuation routes
  • Learn locations of official shelters
  • Check emergency equipment including flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment (cell phones)
  • Buy plywood or other material to protect your home
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts
  • Review your insurance policy
  • Find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route

Additionally, here are some tips for what to do during a storm:

  • Monitor radio and television for current updates
  • Close storm shutters
  • Evacuate if instructed to do so by local officials
  • Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and keep it closed
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Fill bathtubs and large containers with water in case clean tap water is unavailable

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Tell us, how do you prepare for severe weather?