Hurricanes can cause widespread devastation in just a few hours as we have seen with Harvey in Houston and with Irma barrelling toward Florida.
Extreme winds, harsh rainfall, floods, storm surges and even tornadoes can work together to create one of the most destructive scenes a community may ever see.
To keep safe during hurricanes and other natural disasters, it’s crucial to prepare well before the storm arrives. Here is a refresher on steps to take to keep your home or business safe from a hurricane this season.
1. Make an emergency kit.
Emergency kits typically include essentials like water, non-perishable food, first-aid kits, medications, flashlights, batteries, a crank radio, important documents, and anything else you might need if you have to evacuate quickly. Once assembled, keep your emergency kit stocked in a secure location you can access quickly if you need to evacuate.
2. Create a communication plan.
Sit down with your family to establish a buddy system, how you will get in touch with each other if you aren’t together when disaster strikes, and the safe area where you will meet if separated.