How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm
Stock a basic emergency kit
A true emergency can leave you without basic services, including electricity, water, gas or sewage, for a few hours or a few days. Stock your family’s emergency kit with enough food, water and supplies to carry all of you through at least three days—and restock your kit once the emergency has passed. Be sure to include:
- Water: One gallon per person per day to cover drinking and sanitation
- Food: At least a three-day supply of food per person
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Hand-crank flashlight
- First aid kit
- Cell phone with charger
- Local maps
Create a family emergency plan
Staying connected is of the utmost importance during an emergency. Designate an out-of-town family member or friend to be your check-in person in case local phone lines are down. Make sure every member of your family knows that contact’s number and has a way to reach him or her—ideally a cell phone and charger or a prepaid calling card.
Choose a local place where your family members should meet if they are separated when an emergency strikes and your home is unsafe. This might be a landmark or even a parent’s workplace.
Know your policy
It’s critical to read and understand your insurance policy. Then, examine your property to ensure there are no physical or liability hazards.
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