When a hurricane threatens, your primary concern is for your family’s safety. The key is to make plans and provisions to protect your family and home long before the threat of a hurricane.
Hurricanes pose both wind and flood damage potential so make sure your doors and windows are secure. Remember, despite your best attempts at protecting your home, damage may still occur. Take a look at your insurance policies to make sure you're adequately covered. Keep lists or video tapes of your belongings as documentation for the insurance company.
Prepare Your Roof
Secure The Doors
Tidy Up the Yard
Cars, Trucks & Boats
Get every member of your household involved. Set aside time for a family meeting to discuss the following:
An Evacuation Package
Personal items you'd hate to lose, things insurance could never replace. Place them in a water and fire proof container along with important family documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies. Make sure everyone knows where the package is kept and assign a family member responsibility for it in case you need to evacuate.
Put together a safety kit including a first aid kit and essential medications, fire extinguisher, packaged or canned non-perishable food items and a non-electric can opener, water in a non-breakable container, protective clothing, rainwear and blankets. Make sure everyone in the household knows where this kit is kept.
Pick a friend or family member out of state in case a hurricane hits or you need to evacuate. This contact can be the person who lets others know where you are and that you're safe so you won't have to spend precious time doing so.