STAY AHEAD OF THE STORM
WHAT YOUR FAMILY SHOULD DO NOW
Here are some basics to help you plan for a potential weather emergency. Please visit the Resources section of our website for more useful ideas!
- Know where to go if you must evacuate.
- Put together a disaster supply kit and have copies of critical documents.
- Have adequate supplies on hand should you lose power or water.
- Sign up for any text or email weather and emergency alerts that may be available in your area.
- Make a family emergency communication plan and review it with all family members.
HOME INSURANCE CHECK-UP
REVIEW YOUR POLICIES & COVERAGES
- Hurricanes bring heavy rains that may cause flooding. Keep in mind that flood insurance must be purchased separately from your homeowners policy and may require a 30-day waiting period before coverage takes effect. Check with your insurance agency now about adding flood coverage to your Centauri policy.
- Create a Home Inventory Checklist by simply writing everything down in a notebook. Go room-by-room and make note of your personal belongings. You’ll also want to write down the value for each item. If you have receipts, save those in your notebook too.
- Snap pics or take a video of your belongings for your Home Inventory. Save the footage on a computer, external hard drive or online storage database. Home inventory apps are also available to help with the process.
- Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place that can easily be accessed during an emergency. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3MfRpND5gk&feature=youtu.beThe catastrophic, unpredictable and record-breaking 2017 Atlantic hurricane season revealed Mother Nature’s brutal strength as devastating storms struck back-to-back.
TIPS ON STRENGTHENING YOUR HOME:
- Bring in outdoor furniture & anything else that is not tied down to prevent injury/damage from debris.
- Trim trees & shrubs. High winds can turn branches into projectiles in a storm.
- Reduce property damage in the event of a hurricane by retrofitting (i.e., reinforcing) the roof, windows and doors.
- Prepare your property before a hurricane by installing storm shutters. Get more mitigation tips at: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk/hazard-mitigation-planning/best-practices
- You can act now to reduce potential property damage caused by floodwaters. Use flood damage resistant materials.
- When constructing a new home or upgrading an existing home, consider elevating the structure to better protect against floodwaters and/or storm surge.