Reduce your risk of hurricane damage
People (and Pets)
- Educate your family by creating an for when a hurricane is approaching. Map the safest areas and routes through which to evacuate your home. Identify multiple emergency transit routes in all directions, as well as a primary and a secondary meeting location. Know where your nearest evacuation shelters are located.
- Prepare an easily transportable .
- Identify an out-of-area contact. Designate a friend or a family member in another state who can act as a communications manager, and make sure that person has your updated contact list (children's schools, doctors' offices, employers, etc.).
- Find out how your community alerts residents to an emergency. Sign up for email, text message, and social media alerts where available.
- Make sure that everyone in your family can identify hurricane warnings and understands what to do when warnings are given.
- Ensure that drinkable water is available. Fill up bathtubs and sinks.
- Keep your car fueled, in good working condition, and stocked with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
- Know where and how family pets will be cared for.
- Make your home hurricane-ready by installing hurricane shutters and securing loose roof shingles or tiles.
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
- Trim or remove trees that are close enough to fall on your house.
- Consult a professional to perform these improvements if you are unable to do so.
- Don't leave objects in your yard that could easily be picked up by the wind.
- Consider purchasing a portable generator or installing a home generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors, and protected from moisture.
- Make copies of all important documents (passport, driver's license, birth certificate, financial documentation, auto registration and license, property deeds, will, etc.) and keep copies with an out-of-area contact.
- Create a home inventory on your smartphone or iPad. This will be helpful in identifying missing or damaged items and will make filing your insurance claim much easier if necessary.
- Unplug household electronics and switch off circuit breakers to prevent damage from power surges.