As hurricane season kicks off, and with two storms already on the books, it’s a great time to think about hurricane readiness. FLASH provides the following tips for families as they prepare for the season as a part of the Great Hurricane Blowout hurricane preparedness campaign:
- Get Your Home Hurricane-Ready. Perform a do-it-yourself wind inspection to find out what repairs or enhancements your home needs to be storm-ready. Take the time now to make any fixes that you’ve identified using the Protect Your Home in a FLASH resource guide. Since these activities can all be completed in just one hour, one day or one weekend, there is something everyone can do to get ready for hurricane season.
- Get Your Family Hurricane-Ready. Will your family know what to do if a hurricane is heading your way? Do you need to evacuate? Where are the important papers? What happens if your family is separated when the storm comes? Answers to all of these questions should be found in your family’s emergency plan. Formulate your plan today. Be sure your plan covers evacuation information, details for anyone in your family with special needs, plans for pets and a copy of important documents you’ll need on hand post disaster. Also, take this time to review your insurance coverage including flood insurance.
- Have the Right Supplies. Be sure your family has an emergency kit that will sustain each member for at least 72 hours after a storm has passed. Following Hurricane Irene last year, many families in Vermont found themselves cut off from necessary services. That’s why it’s important that your emergency kit includes non-perishable food, water, medication, a first-aid kit, a weather radio and other supplies necessary to the basic survival and comfort of your family during a storm. This is also a great time to consider the purchase of a home generator.
Learn even more about proven hurricane preparedness tools such as family plans, hurricane emergency kits, and tips for making structurally stronger homes by visiting the 2012 Great Hurricane Blowout on Facebook and following on Twitter (@ghblowout).
Leslie Chapman-Henderson is the President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®). The non-profit FLASH is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.