Forecasters expect a relatively quiet 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1, but it only takes one storm to change your family’s life.
You still have time to prepare.
The forecast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and Colorado State University (CSU), the 2017 season should be “a near-average season” with 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. CSU predicts a below-average possibility for major hurricanes making landfall along the U.S, coastlines or in the Caribbean.
When planning to keep your family safe during a hurricane, consider taking the following precautions:
- Get an insurance check-up. Check with your agent well before hurricane season. Remember that flood insurance must be obtained separately. Locate your insurance documents and take them with you if you must evacuate your home.
- Develop an evacuation plan. If you live in a hurricane-evacuation zone, plan where you’ll go and how you’ll get there.
- Gas up your vehicle and have extra cash on hand.
- Build a hurricane supplies kit
- Identifying the best evacuation route.
- Take inventory of your personal belongs using Germania’s Home Inventory Checklist Brochure. Keep the brochure is a safe location.
- Pack medicines and key medical information.
- Bring food and medications for your pets.
- Create a Family Emegency Plan. If you must evacuate your home, know how to reach family members.
- Purchase a cell phone power bank and keep it fully charged.
- Program phone numbers into your cell phone, including emergency contact numbers.
- If you’re going to try to ride out the storm, strengthen your home. Trim trees, cover windows, store loose outdoor items, secure all doors and find a safe location for your vehicle.
By taking these precautions, you and your family will be better prepared if a storm hits. And, when you use Germania’s Home Inventory Checklist brochure, you could speed up the claims process. The checklist is a simple tool you may never need, and an invaluable one when catastrophe does strike. Remember, it only takes one storm to do tremendous damage to your land, your home, your belongings and your vehicles.