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Hurricane Preparedness

Category: General

Topics: blog, hurricanes, safety

Hurricane Season is June 1- September 30. Prepare now for potential storms in your area. Protect your home and family by planning.

Hurricane Awareness Checklist

Before the Storm

  • MAP OUT escape routes and develop a family strategy for survival. If you live in a surge or flood prone area, know your evacuation route and evacuate as early as possible.
  • BRACE for hurricanes by reinforcing structures, trimming trees and shrubbery (especially weak branches and trees that could fall on your house), and putting away loose yard items.
  • CLOSE AND LOCK all windows, doors, skylights, and vents to prevent water intrusion.
  • UPDATE your emergency kit with
    • three-day supply of drinking water and food you don’t have to refrigerate or cook
    • first aid supplies
    • a portable NOAA weather radio
    • essential tools; a flashlight
    • work gloves
    • fresh batteries
    • clothing
    • blankets
    • baby items
    • prescription medications
    • extra car and house keys
    • extra eyeglasses
    • credit cards and cash
    • important documents including insurance policies
  • POST emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • REVIEW your insurance policy to ensure you have adequate protection and appropriate coverage limits. Most Home, Farm, and Mobile Home insurance policies cover wind damage but do not cover loss from flooding, a common occurrence with hurricanes. The only way to protect your home from floods is to purchase flood insurance. Contact a local Rockingham Insurance Agent and ask about adding a flood policy.

During the Storm

  • AVOID using utilities
  • STAY in your shelter

After the Storm

  • MAKE reasonable and necessary emergency repairs to the roof, siding, windows, etc…, as needed to protect property from further damage. Secure loose shingles, roof decking, and siding.
  • BOARD any broken windows and cover the damaged area with a tarp.
  • SEPARATE damaged property from undamaged property
  • MOVE valuable paintings and art objects to a safe place.
  • DON’T dispose of damaged property.
  • DON’T leave wet fabrics in place; dry them as soon as possible.
  • DON’T use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • DON’T use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • DON’T plugin, use, or test any electrical appliance that has been damaged by water until it has completely dried out.
  • CALL US at 800-662-5246 to report any losses you have incurred.

If you use an independent repair service, VERIFY they are licensed and insured. Ask for a quote. REQUEST a breakdown of the bill for services separated by individual material cost and labor cost.

Track storms and find information visit the National Hurricane Center.