How to Prepare Before the Hurricane Hits

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Fri, Aug 25, 2017

    Soules Insurance wants to make sure you are prepared before a hurricane hits your area. The American Red Cross has provided guidelines on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
    Prepare in Advance
    Be sure you’re Red Cross Ready. That means:
  • Assembling an emergency preparedness kit.
  • Creating a household evacuation plan that includes your pets.
  • Staying informed about your community’s risk and response plans.
  • Educating your family on how to use the Safe and Well website.
  • Download the Emergency App for iPhone or for Android
    Right before

    Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

    Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter.

    Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

  • If you still have time, do this

    Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking.

    Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.

    Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.

    Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

    Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and patio furniture.

    Don't forget these last minute precautions

    Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.

    Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities to prevent damage to your home or within the community. If you shut your gas off, a professional is required to turn it back on.

    Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.

    If you have pets or livestock

    Consider a precautionary evacuation of your animals, especially any large or numerous animals. Waiting until the last minute could be fatal for them and dangerous for you.

    Where possible, move livestock to higher ground. If using a horse or other trailer to evacuate your animals, move sooner rather than later.

    Bring your companion animals indoors and maintain direct control of them. Be sure that your pet emergency kit is ready to go in case of evacuation.

    Staying Safe During a Hurricane

    Stay indoors.

    Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.

    Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.

    Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

    Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.

    Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.

    After a Hurricane

    Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website

    If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

    Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.

    Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.

    Soules Insurance Agency

    Stay safe this hurricane season. If you have any additional questions concerning personal or commercial insurance, please contact us. We welcome your questions and look forward to providing you with answers.

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    Source: The American Red Cross

    Tags: Hurricane Season 2017, Hurricane Season, Hurricane Preparedness, Hurricane Harvey