Tips to Help Prepare for Hurricane Season

by Christine DemosAugust 6, 2010

The most important thing that you can do to prepare yourself for a hurricane is to be informed and plan ahead. Disaster prevention includes both being equipped as well as reducing damages. As a homeowner, hurricanes can be especially frightening because of the destruction natural disasters can do. So be proactive and have a plan in place should the occasion arise.

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Prepare Your Home:

  • Trim all trees and shrubs
  • Bring in all loose furniture
  • Board up windows or tape up panes
  • Fill propane tank in grill for cooking
  • Be sure to lock all valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container
  • Check insurance policy for protection in case of flood or wind damage
  • Turn off all major appliances
  • Set refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature and fill with ice bags

In the case of an evacuation, take the necessary steps to assure your home comes out needing little repair:

    • Unplug all appliances
    • Turn off gas, electricity, and water
    • Fill your car with gas
    • Plan evacuation route ahead of time
    • Have essential clothing, rainwear, bedding and sleeping bags
    • Bring identification for all family members (including pets)
    • Assemble emergency kit items
    • Leave as soon as recommended
    • Check out www.petswelcome.com for a list of pet-friendly hotels

For more information about preparing for a hurricane, visit NOAA.

About The Author
Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!

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