2018 Hurricane Preparation
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Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and here are some steps you can take to care for your family and your home. At Hamilton Group Funding, we care deeply about your safety and well-being.
When a Storm is Approaching
- Know your Evacuation Zone. This can be found either on your utility bill or your county’s website. Many counties now offer apps that can be downloaded to monitor your area’s evacuation orders, storm alerts, news, and more.
- Stock up on supplies. As each day progresses, more and more residents will hopefully shop for water, non-perishable food, first aid supplies, batteries, and more. In some instances, portable generators, lumber, and gas may go faster than expected so don’t wait.
- If you or a family member will need assistance with hurricane shutters or boarding materials, don’t wait to call someone for help. Getting someone out to help as a storm approaches will get more challenging as time passes.
- Have a plan. Make a list of everything you would take if you evacuate. Think of important files such as bills, mortgage information, bank statements, and homeowners’ insurance contacts. Grab cash, your checkbook, and electronic devices like tablets, iPads, laptops, cell phones, and chargers. Take pictures and video of your home and its contents.
- If you choose to go to a shelter, you may need to pre-register. Check your local shelter list and find out what is required. If you have pets, many counties offer specific locations where you can go with animals. Make sure to bring pet identification, food, water, bowls, leashes, doggie bags, and medicine.
- Secure all outside furniture and bring in loose items like toys, potted plants, and other items that can become a projectile.
- Just prior to the storm, unplug your electronic devices to protect them from power surges.
Stay Safe During the Storm
- Use flashlights instead of candles as they reduce the risk of fire.
- Stay indoors and away from windows and exterior doors.
- Listen to weather reports and news alerts to stay informed. Battery powered and hand-crank radios are available for purchase and may also include an LED flashlight and USB port for charging cell phones.
- Don’t venture outside until the all clear has been issued. Wait to assess damage after the storm has cleared your area.
Remain Cautious After the Storm Has Passed
- Avoid and report any downed power lines to the authorities.
- Do not play or swim in flooded streets.
- Inspect your home and take photos of any damage.
- Avoid using water until you are sure it is safe.
For more tips on how to keep your family and your home safe during hurricane season, follow this guide from the Red Cross.