September is known to be the busiest month of hurricane season. Considering 2017 has been predicted to be an especially active year, it’s probably time to think like a boy scout, and be prepared! The Red Cross has made it easy for us with this handy checklist:
Before the storm:
❏ Be sure your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding associated with big storms! Talk to a local agent or visit the National Flood Insurance Program at www.FloodSmart.gov.
❏ Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.
❏ Get a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service.
❏ Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs, and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
When the watches and warnings begin:
❏ Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
❏ Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
❏ Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters, or close and board up windows and doors with plywood.
❏ Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
❏ Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
❏ Fill your car’s gas tank.
❏ Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.