Hurricane Irma Is Approaching, Are You Prepared?









Hurricane Irma Is Approaching, Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Irma is getting a lot of attention. Rightfully so, Hurricane Matthew taught us how important it is to be prepared.

Please start your planning now. There are many events that can create devastation to homes and families. These events can include winds, hurricanes, floods, fire, and more.

Here are some basic emergency preparedness suggestions to include in your planning process.

  • Create a family communication plan for children and adults to have. Put copies in children’s backpack and in your wallet or purse.
  • Flood insurance is not covered under your homeowner’s policy. While hurricanes are generally covered, if a flood ensues later, it may not be covered. You will need a separate flood policy.
  • Install hurricane shutters.
  • Prune all trees around your home.
  • Keep a mobile emergency kit in your car.
  • Monitor radio and local TV stations for evacuation orders. Act without delay to avoid traffic.
  • Assemble/replenish disaster supplies kit: FEMA recommends three days of food and water for each member of the household, including pets. You can assemble a kit yourself, or purchase a pre-assembled kit online or from many local stores. Store items in your household designated safe location.
  • Discuss with your family the safe locations for shelter in the places you are likely to spend time: home, school, work, place of worship, etc.
  • Find out your vulnerability to flooding, wind, and storm surges, and whether you live in a mandatory evacuation zone. Visit the website to see updated flood maps.

It is too early to tell if Irma will effect the Carolinas. It is never too early to prepare our homes and families for an emergency situation.