Hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season.
Are you ready if a hurricane comes to your town? Do you know your evacuation zone? If not, go to https://www.ncdps.gov/our-organization/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/know-your-zone and find out. This is pertinent information whether you live or are visiting a coastal North Carolina area. Know your zone, prepare a couple of different evacuation routes, have a go bag and have a plan for your pets.
Whether you’re evacuating or sheltering-in-place, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible). Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones. If you need to go to a public shelter, follow health guidelines from your local officials and the CDC.
Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home and/or belongings. Remember, home and renters insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need a separate policy for it.
Flood insurance is available through your company, agent, or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. Act now, as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.
Check out this video about some DIY tips to help secure your home during a high wind event. There are items that can be done in 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week.
Once you have your home secured, help a neighbor and be safe.