Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Hurricane Preparedness: Protecting Your Family and Home from Hurricanes and Severe Windstorms
Before The Storm:
- Clear loose objects. Bring outside patio and lawn furniture, potted plants, and outdoor bicycles and toys indoors. Help your neighbor bring in their backyard items as well so these items do not become flying objects that impact your home. Be sure all awnings are closed and secured. Tie down any other loose items that may become projectiles in a high wind.
- Reinforce windows & doors. If your windows and doors are not wind and impact resistant, plywood can be used as last minute protection. However, be sure it is strongly secured.
- Reinforce your garage door. If you do not have a storm bar or other garage door reinforcement, you may want to back up your car against the inside of your garage door to help prevent it from “twisting” due to high winds.
- Test your sump pump. Pour a few gallons of water into the sump. It should start pumping immediately.
- Secure household appliances. Appliances, including personal computers, should be unplugged and stored away in cabinets or interior closets.
- Test and refuel your backup generator. If you’ve installed a gas-powered generator as a backup power supply in your home, regularly test it to ensure that it is operational at the time you need it. When a storm approaches, run another quick test and make sure that plenty of fuel is available.
- Remove items from your basement. If you have a flood policy, remove items from your basement, except the necessary equipment to run your home.
Prepare an emergency kit:
- Water – minimum 1 gallon per day, per person for one week. When the storm approaches, fill empty containers and a bathtub with water as an additional emergency supply.
- Food – a one-week supply of nonperishable food. Remember a non-electric can opener, cooking tools, camping stove, paper plates, and plastic utensils.
- Cell Phones – keep them fully charged.
- Clothing – rain gear, sturdy shoes.
- First aid kit – painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, an assortment of bandages and gauze pads, antiseptic, latex gloves, first aid cream, scissors, tweezers, and a thermometer. Also include a two-week supply of prescription drugs.
- Flashlights and batteries – using candles for light can pose a fire hazard
- Battery-operated radio – to help you stay informed of severe weather updates
- Toilet Paper
- Plastic bags and tarps
If You Are Unable to Evacuate:
- Identify a “shelter” room in your home. This enclosed area should be on the first floor, in the central part of the house and with no windows. When the storm gets bad, go there. Avoid all unprotected windows and doors until the storm passes.
- Remain in contact with neighbors. Others who are riding out a storm may need your help and you may need theirs.
- Use your emergency supply of water or boil any water before drinking, until official word is given that the water is safe.
- After the storm passes, beware of loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the proper authorities.
Understand Your Insurance Coverage:
- Review your homeowners policy with Aronson Insurance so you understand the amount you will receive in the event of a covered loss and if it will be adequate to rebuild your home. Also know the amount of your deductible and any special provisions in your policy such as wind exclusions.
- Homeowner’s policies usually do not cover loss due to flooding. However, coverage can be purchased from the federal government. Ask us for more information on this.
- Aronson Insurance will have 24/7 coverage. If you’d like to reach us during our regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5PM) please call: 781.444.3050. Should you need to reach us after hours, please call us at: 877.662.4168.
More information can be found at: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes