Here are some tips to follow before a storm:

  • Collect Copies of important papers like the deed to your home, insurance paperwork, financial information, etc.  Put them together in a waterproof bag.

  • Review your property/home insurance coverage and keep updated photos and/or a video inventory of your personal belongings.

  • Make a list of important phone numbers such as your insurance company, doctor and family contacts.  Store them in your cell phone and print a hard copy to keep in the waterproof bag with your other important papers.

  • Identify your evacuation routes.  Have an alternate route planned in case the first option is not navigable.

  • Identify a safe place in your home (interior room on lowest floor) to ride out a storm and make sure everyone knows the location.  If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

  • Build a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, non-perishable food and copies of your critical information.  Using an easily portable bucket or bag for your kit is best in case you need to evacuate.

  • Pre-identify a meeting place in case your family is separated when the hurricane hits (consider your church or local library).  Make sure everyone knows the address and phone number.

  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.


  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

  • Check rain gutters and downspouts to ensure they are clean, and properly affixed to your house to prevent water damage to your property.

  • Cover your home’s windows.  Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.  A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.  Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.