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Get Ready for Hurricane Season

by chris@pkwydigital.com 15. June 2017 23:35

June is the start of the hurricane season in the Western Hemisphere. If you live in areas that could be affected, don’t be caught unprepared. Gear up for disaster in advance of the hurricane, and act on those preparations the moment an alert is issued by emergency officials.

Get Ready for Hurricane Season

People who live in areas that are normally in the path of hurricanes could take the following precautionary steps:

  • Plan an evacuation route – Storm surges can reach up to 20 feet, causing people to evacuate coastal areas. Families must plan an evacuation route as well as a destination where family members can meet in the event that they have to leave their home. It’s a good idea to test the evacuation route while the weather is good.
  • Buy supplies – Stock up on supplies that will last several days.  Keep the supplies handy so you can grab them easily in the event of an evacuation. Buying supplies as a hurricane is approaching is a poor idea because the lines will be long and items will be very expensive—if they are available at all.
  • Check insurance coverage – Property owners, as well as renters, must have insurance against floods. Flood insurance is not part of the regular home and renter’s insurance. Flood insurance is usually purchased separately.
  • Make copies of important documents – Making doubles of important documents, particularly titles of property ownership, is a good insurance against hurricane damage. It may be difficult to get duplicates of the documents when you need to prove your ownership after a hurricane.
  • Protect your home – Fortify your home against possible hurricane damage. Inspect the roof, walls, windows and doors for possible weaknesses or defects that could be exacerbated by the hurricane.
  • Back up your electronics – Keep extra batteries and chargers for your electronic devices. It is also vital to back up your digital files, preferably off-site or in the cloud, to allow recovery in case your device is damaged or lost.
  • Invest in a backup generator – Power outage is a common result of hurricanes. Having a backup power generator could be a lifesaver to your family.

Hurricanes are a fact of life, but you can safeguard yourself and your loved ones against their effects by preparing now.  

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