How to Prep for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in the Carolinas runs from June to November, but September is the peak time for hurricanes and tropical storms in our area. There’s a lot to be done to prep your home for a hurricane- here’s a few tips we have to help keep you safe.

  • Create a Basic Supplies Kit

The National Hurricane Center has compiled a list of basic supplies to help keep you safe and comfortable in the event of a hurricane.

-Food- at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

-Water-one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

-Flashlight

-First aid kit

-Extra batteries

-Whistle to signal for help

-Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

-Manual can opener for food

-Local maps

-Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional supplies you should consider stocking up on: prescription and non-prescription medication, cash, baby and pet supplies, sleeping bags and blankets, fire extinguisher, matches, and personal hygiene items.

  1. Make a Plan

Plan ahead in the event of an emergency by considering these four questions:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. Where will I go if I need to evacuate?
  4. What is my family communication plan?
  1. Prep Your Home

Get your home ready by

-Reviewing your insurance policies

-Taking inventory of your property

-Securing and sealing your roof

-Sealing windows and doors

-Reinforcing your garage door

-Clearing your lawn

  1. Get the Right Insurance

If you live in an area that has annual threats of hurricanes, flood insurance is a must. Many people don’t realize until it’s too late, but most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, even though it’s the number one natural disaster in the United States. At ISC we have over 5 different kinds of “Write-Your-Own” Flood Programs so we can meet  your unique needs for flood insurance. Contact us to get your plan started and give yourself some piece of mind as we ride out hurricane season together.

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