Before summer even starts, the 2019 hurricane season will kick off June 1st. While it’s easy to just think about summer concerts and festivals rather than inclement weather, it’s a little more critical to be prepared in the event you end up in the projected path of a hurricane.

Some hurricane preparedness tips to share with family, friends, and clients include:

  • Know where to go in the event of a local area evacuation. A 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 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 a smartphone app that allows 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) for several days.
  • Create a family emergency plan, making sure everyone knows what to do and where to go if separated and when.
  • Move lawn debris and lawn furniture, or lawn items that will not be able to sustain strong winds, indoors.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and ensure that they are clear from debris to keep water flowing and prevent further damage.
  • If financially possible, invest in a generator and supplies to board up windows and patio doors.