WHAT TO DO BEFORE A STORM
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.
3-5 DAYS BEFORE A STORM
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.