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What to do during Hurricane Season

We provide eight tips on how to protect your family and home during hurricane season.

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No one is immune to the destruction wrought by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other types of extremely powerful winds, even if they do not reside in hurricane or tornado alley or on a coast. Since we are now well into hurricane season, it’s vital that you have a plan in place in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Preparing for Hurricane Safety

First, it’s important to protect your home’s windows by purchasing hurricane windows that can withstand high winds, last much longer than regular windows, and save you money.

Second, make sure you have a plan in place for getting out of danger as quickly as possible.

Storms can do a lot of damage to trees, so if you notice any large, overhanging branches that could cause problems for you, your property, or your neighbors, have them trimmed by a professional.

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In the event of a power outage, which is common after a hurricane or other strong windstorm, an emergency generator can keep your home’s essential appliances and lights running.

Make sure you have a survival kit assembled and ready to go in the event of a natural disaster. Think about bringing a crank-powered or extra-battery-powered flashlight.

A battery-powered or hand-cranked portable radio

A medical emergency calls for a first-aid kit. It’s not hard to put together your own survival kit, either.

Essential pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

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Each person should have access to at least three days’ worth of water, or one gallon, of drinkable water.

Provisions for three days’ worth of eating

Can opener, hand-operated

An indestructible, fireproof safe for storing important documents

Lock doors and windows to lessen the impact of the storm on your home, and draw the blinds or curtains to collect any flying glass. First and foremost, avoid going near any windows.

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Stabilize broken windows by taping over cracks if they appear during a storm that isn’t too severe.

The eighth tip is to locate your home’s safest room: Hide in a small, interior space, such as a closet or hallway, preferably on the ground floor. Place yourself face down under something solid, like a table.

The ninth suggestion is to be patient. Why have hurricane winds stopped blowing? It’s best to wait it out, as tornadoes often strike shortly after. There’s also a chance that we’re currently flying through the storm’s eye. No matter the circumstances, it’s best to wait to venture outside until you can do so from a safe, low, and windowless area inside a building with good reinforcements.