When a Hurricane Threatens
June 1 marked the beginning of “Hurricane Season” in North Carolina. This is a six-month period, which ends November 30. The likelihood of a hurricane is the highest during this time each year.
Making your home more resistant to hurricane damage IS possible. Take these steps to protect yourself and family and increase your confidence in being well prepared for the potentially damaging winds and rain of a hurricane.
- Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plans and create your own family plan. Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated.
- Put together an emergency kit that includes a three-day supply of drinking water and food that does not require refrigeration or cooking; first aid supplies; a portable NOAA weather radio; basic tools; a flashlight; matches, work gloves; emergency cooking equipment; portable lanterns; fresh batteries for each piece of equipment that requires batteries; clothing; blankets; baby items; prescription medications; extra car and house keys; extra eyeglasses; credit cards and cash; important documents, including insurance policies. Seal important papers in plastic bags.
- Move anything in your yard that can become flying debris before a storm strikes.
- Assess trees that could cause damage in high winds. Consider removing potentially hazardous trees BEFORE they can damage your home. Keep dead limbs and branches trimmed.
- If a hurricane threatens, follow weather and news reports so you know how much danger you’re facing. Obey evacuation orders from local authorities.
Review your homeowner’s insurance policy periodically to make sure you have sufficient coverage to rebuild your life and home after a hurricane. Report any property damage to your insurance agent or company representative immediately after a natural disaster. Taking before and after photographs will make insurance claims easier to file, so include a camera and batteries in your disaster kit. Next week: Helping Your Family Prepare
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