Published: July 19, 2018

    Hurricane Season Facts & Preparedness

    The official Atlantic hurricane season has been underway since June 1, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this season will be more active than usual, with an official prediction of between 10 and 16 named storms likely.

    Unlike other natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes rarely appear out of nowhere. You will have sufficient time before a storm hits to take action if you plan ahead. If you live in a coastal area start preparing now so you won’t be in trouble in the event of a hurricane. Here are the steps you need to take now:

    • Check your insurance policy. Many types of homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damages in the event of flooding. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes consider altering your coverage.
    • Collect and store a digital copy of your financial documents, including your tax documents, medical records, and insurance information. Ideally, store your documents on a cloud-storage service so you can access important information remotely in the event that your home is damaged. Password-protect all sensitive documents.
    • Learn the local evacuation plan for your community so you know where to go at the first sign of trouble. Sign up for alerts and warnings from your community’s various systems so you are never surprised. The first few hours are critical for evacuation or retreating to a safe shelter.
    • Gather information about your property and the surrounding community to determine if there is any area in your home where you can safely seek shelter if flash flooding restricts your ability to evacuate. Always have a plan B and plan C so are never trapped when a hurricane is approaching.
    • Prepare an emergency kit for your home, for your place of work, and keep a small kit in the trunk of your car. Emergency kits can be as thorough as you have room for. Supplies include one gallon of filtered water per person for at least three days, dry, nonperishable food, prescription medications, flashlight, first aid kit, batteries, a radio, and device chargers. For a more in-depth list visit gov.
    • Once a year open your kits and update them as necessary. Replace expired food and replenish the filtered water. Reevaluate the supplies you have chosen, and if you have more space add in more items like utensils, a warm blanket, and a fire extinguisher.
    • Discuss your evacuation plan with your family, especially if you have young children. Create a communication plan so you and your family members can reach each other in the event that a hurricane hits while you are separated.
    • In order to add to the amount of water you have stored for a hurricane, be prepared to turn off your main water valve if you suspect the hurricane could damage the water lines within your water supply. This protects the water within your home from outside contamination.
    • Read our emergency water guide to ensure you have enough water stored for an emergency. While we have provided a general guideline above, based on the age of people in your family, individuals’ needs, and the typical severity of hurricanes in your area you may need to store more water to avoid running out.

    By following these hurricane season tips you can prevent a crisis from occurring when hurricanes strike. Prepare for the worst in order to keep your family safe, healthy, and hydrated this hurricane season.