Unfortunately, no one can stop a tropical storm or hurricane from happening, but you can prepare and take steps to ensure the safety of your family.
If you live in an area that falls within the projected path of a hurricane or other severe weather, follow these tips:
- Know where to go in the event of a local area evacuation. Your local area emergency management agency can provide this information.
- Gather and protect important household documentation, including birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, mortgage statements, deed, insurance policies and medical files.
- Protect your valuables and family mementos by storing them in a safety deposit box, fire– and water–proof safe, or moving them to higher ground where they are less likely to incur damage.
- Download an app for your smartphone that allows your friends and family to know if you are safe. The Red Cross has a hurricane app as do many for–profit organizations.
- Assemble an emergency supply kit (water, flashlights, food, first–aid supplies, medication)
- Create a family emergency plan, making sure everyone knows what to do and when.
- Remove lawn debris and loose furniture or lawn items that will not be able to sustain strong winds.
- Secure loose rain gutters and ensure that they are clear from debris to keep water flowing and prevent further damage.
For more resources and information visit, FEMA.gov or My Home by Freddie Mac®.