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Coastal storms can bring multiple dangers; high winds, storm surge, wind-borne debris, flooding, and tornadoes. Being prepared is your best defense. Armed with the necessary information and supplies, you and your home will have the best chance of weathering the storm.
Before the storm
Prepare Your Home:
- Install hurricane-rated shutters for all windows and doors. The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter.
- Remove any dead branches from trees and shrubs. These can act as dangerous wind-borne debris.
- Improve roof connections and make sure shingles are well-attached.
Prepare Your Family:
- Make an emergency plan for all members of the family, including pets. Keep in mind that most shelters will not accept animals.
- Create a disaster kit that is easily accessible and filled with items you will need if evacuation is called for.
- Review your insurance policy and keep it in a watertight container.
- Keep a two week supply of medication for everyone and pets at all times.
Storm on the Horizon
Install/close storm shutters. If these are not available, use a minimum 7/16” ply-wood for a maximum span of 8’. For fastening details, please refer to ICB Code 1609.1.2. This can be found at www.stormsolutionsusa.com in the Brochures tab.
Pay close attention to weather updates and alerts:
- Hurricane WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.
- Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.
Activate your emergency plan:
- Prepare emergency water storage.
- Remove loose objects from the yard.
- Anchor objects you can not move inside.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coolest setting. opening only when necessary.
- Move patio furniture inside.
Go over your evacuation plan with your family and make sure routes have not been changed since you made your plan.
If an evacuation is issued:
- Leave extra time to get to your destination.
- Unplug appliances and turn off the gas, electricity, and water in your home before you leave.
- Bring the supplies you assembled as your disaster kit.
- Have at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Duct tape bathtub drains closed and fills the tubs with water
- Have at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices
- Foods for infants, the elderly, and pets
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools/fuel
- Paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Maps of the area
Camera – To take pictures of damage for insurance purposes if the area is safe
Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoesFirst Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items -for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries – Reuse computer UPS for a rechargeable flashlight, cell phone, and radio
Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones -Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards -Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books, and Games
Important documents -in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
- Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card, etc.
- Family and emergency contact information
Tools -keep a set with you during the storm
Fuel – Gasoline – Propane – Make sure vehicle and generator fuel tanks are filled
Pet care items:
- proper identification/immunization records/medications
- ample supply of food and water
- a carrier or cage
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