7/16/2013 11:32 PM

Hurricane Preparedness

A hurricane is a very powerful rotating tropical storm that produces fierce wind and torrential rain. Hurricanes develop over large bodies of warm water - including parts of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea - and move generally northward. Although the southern and eastern coastal regions of the U.S. are vulnerable to the most devastating effects of hurricanes, inland regions can be impacted by the storm's remnant winds, rains, or even following tornadoes. The best time to think about a natural disaster is when there is not one in sight and you can undertake effective planning without stress. Start by getting organized and doing simple tasks. Download our disaster preparedness checklist to help with your planning. 

Here is what you need to do:

  • Review your insurance policy to ensure you have sufficient coverage. We can help.
  • Create safety plans for your family and your business. Families, draw up an evacuation plan that tells everyone where to go and how to keep in touch during an emergency. Businesses, write a business continuity plan that outlines what you will do and who you can call on to keep your business running in the event of a disaster.
  • Build a content inventory to document the items in your home or at your business.
  • Prepare a survival kit of things you might need if disaster strikes.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as tree-trimming, gutter cleaning and debris removal around your home or office building. Make sure drains and sump pumps are clear.
Next Blog: Be ready before the storm hits

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