If you haven’t already started planning, it’s not too late. With Hurricane Irene setting its sights on the US east coast, now’s the time to make sure you have a hurricane preparedness plan in place – especially if you’re within a few hours of the coast (we all know hurricanes can wreak havoc well inland).

PLAN NOW

Here are a few tips to help make sure you’re prepared:

  • Establish a written emergency plan for your family and your business
  • Review insurance coverage for your home and business. Be sure to check your flood insurance eligibility (homeowner insurance doesn’t typically cover flood damage).
  • If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, make sure you have an evacuation plan. Know the route you’ll use if you’re told to evacuate.
  • Know where emergency shelters are located in your area.
  • Agree on a place where family members can meet if separated.
  • Test your emergency equipment (generators, flashlights, etc.) in advance.

HURRICANE SURVIVAL KIT

You should have a hurricane survival kit that includes the following:

 

  • At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Baby needs (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • First aid kit
  • Manual can opener
  • Medicines (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Cell phones and battery-powered chargers
  • Battery-powered weather radio
  • Flashlights (and spare batteries)
  • Cash
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Books, magazines, games
  • Important documents (insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, SSN, etc.)
  • MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS FILLED WITH GAS!

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Here are a couple of excellent resources for further info:

The Weather Channel’s Hurricane Survival Kit

The National Weather Service’s Hurricane Preparedness Page

 

Do you have other tips? Share them in the comments space!