If you live in a hurricane zone you know how powerful and destructive they can be. You also know how important it is to properly prepare your home. Here are a few tips to help you before, during, and after the storm.Before the Storm
1. Make plans to properly secure your property.
2. Make sure you have a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and a 3-day supply
of non-perishable food.
3. Install Storm Shutters before the storm arrives to increase your home’s protection.
4. In addition to the water and food, make sure you have a first aid kit and enough medication and
personal hygiene supplies to last a week.
5. Pull together copies of important personal documents (birth certificates, insurance policies,
6. Compile a list of family and emergency contact information.
7. Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
8. Get a battery-powered or hand-crank weather radio.
9. Unplug unused appliances and turn down your fridge and freezer.
10. Fill up your car and review evacuation plans.
11. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear, reinforce your garage doors, and bring in all
outdoor furniture, garbage cans, or unsecured items.
12. Hire a tree service to trim all overgrown trees and shrubs.
13. Stay inside until the storm passes.
14. Turn off propane tanks, as well as all appliances if instructed to do so.
15. Secure and brace all exterior doors. Close all interior doors.
16. Keep blinds closed. When the storm is overhead, lie on the floor under a table or sturdy object.
17. If you need housing, Text SHELTER plus your zip code to 43362 (per FEMA.gov).
18. Keep away from downed power lines.
19. If you need to enter a dark home and require lighting, only use flashlights. Turn it on before
entering your home and do not use candles as they may ignite leaking gas.
20. Avoid using tap water until you’re sure it’s not contaminated.
21. Take pictures of any damage your home or property may have suffered. Contact your insurance
agent as soon as possible.
22. Contact a home improvement pro if your home has been damaged. Click here to find a pro.