Hurricane Preparation (Better to Be Prepared)

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Now that the hurricane season has started, we would like to share and remind you of some important preparation procedures. These are items you should be prepared to follow in the event our area is under a hurricane watch or warning.

IN THE EVENT THE AREA IS IN AN EVACUATION AREA, RESIDENTS SHOULD STAY TUNED TO LOCAL NEWS CHANNELS AND COMPLY WITH ALL MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS. ANYONE REMAINING IN AREA DURING A MANDATORY EVACUATION DOES SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. When the National Hurricane Center issues a Hurricane Warning advisory, the following procedures should be taken to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. All plants, furniture and other items from your patio should be removed and moved indoors, or hurricane shutters/panels set up.
  2. Remain calm and keep listening to local news for weather conditions, evacuation routes and nearest shelter locations.
  3. Purchase in advance, bottled water, ice and non-perishable items, such as canned food, packaged food, paper and personal products, and manual can opener.
  4. Do not leave pets unattended at your property. There are shelters and kennels that will board your pet in case of evacuation.
  5. Obtain necessary prescriptions and medications and keep with you in the event of evacuation.
  6. Keep flashlights and battery operated radio/TV handy with extra batteries.
  7. Clean and fill bathtub with water.
  8. Automatic Teller Machines will not be working in case of power outage. You’ll want to make arrangements for cash needs.
  9. In the event of power failure, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator door closed. (Food will stay cool for 24 hours.)
  10. Fill your vehicles with gas before the storm arrives.
  11. If you have a boat on the property, it should be secured or moved from the area.
  12. Avoid downed power lines and report them to your local electric company as soon as possible.
  13. Take refuge in a small interior room during the storm.
  14. Keep all windows and doors closed through the storm. Do not crack a window or door during the storm. Draw your verticals and drapery materials over the windows to protect from the possibility of shattering glass.
  15. Take your automobile and personal property insurance policies with you.
  16. While we do not require renter’s insurance, we strongly recommend that you have this coverage. Check with your insurance carrier if your current renter’s insurance covers your belongings in the event of a hurricane. This is often a special rider that is required.

For more information, also see the below documents as well as the prior post:

HURRICANE SEASON: BE PREPARED AHEAD OF A STORM

Emergency Supply List:

Red Cross Safety Checklist

Questions? For more information, please click here.

Heather E. Towe, P.A.
REALTOR®, CRS®, CLHMS®, e-PRO®, PSA®
561-806-8550 | heather.towe.gmail.com
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