What to do before
Before a Hurricane
- Secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows and doors. A second option is to board up your windows with ?” marine plywood—cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent window glass from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Trim trees and shrubs around your home to minimize the risk of broken branches and debris.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent misdirected flooding.
- If you have a boat, determine how and where to secure your vessel.
- Keep articles in your basement elevated to avoid damage from even minor flooding.
- Put any valuables on high shelves or on a higher floor of your house. This includes photograph albums and irreplaceable keepsakes.
- Keep any household chemicals on high shelves and ensure they have tight caps. Chemicals that mix into floodwaters are very dangerous and unsafe.
- Consider building a safe room.
- Buy a fire extinguisher.
- Make sure all pets have ID tags.
- Prepare a document file to take with you in case you need for insurance later! Photograph or scan important documents like driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, prescriptions, tax statements and other legal papers. Upload the images online for safekeeping. Store hard copies in a watertight container you will bring with you.
- Keep a well-stocked Emergency Survival Kitin case you lose power. This includes any prescription medicines, three days’ worth of food and water (for pets, too), and cash.
- Find all local emergency shelters. Know your evacuation route. Have a “to go” bag ready if needed.
- Fill plastic bottles with drinking water. Think about what you might need if you are isolated for a number of days and must endure a power outage.
- Fully fuel your vehicles.
- Download the Red Cross Emergency App foriPhone or Android. Or text: ”GETCANE” to 90999
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