The start of summer also means the start of hurricane season, running from June 1st through November 30th. Meteorologists love to make predictions about how many hurricanes will make landfall and their potential severity. Unless you live in a high-risk area that could be directly impacted, you don’t necessarily pay attention. However, as we have witnessed in recent years, hurricanes can travel upward through non-coastal states causing flooding and wind damage. 2017 brought us several devastating and deadly hurricanes, like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, that left paths of destruction through Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean that will likely impact those areas forever.
We may hear weeks in advance that a potential hurricane or tropical storm is brewing, or it can develop overnight. It may start as a tropical storm warning then suddenly is a named a hurricane. With 2018’s season looming, here are some precautions you can take to be better prepared.
Once there is a threat of a hurricane, you’ll need to keep abreast of its progress. Listen to the radio or TV for the latest track of the storm, familiarize yourself with the evacuation route, and keep your gas tank full because gas shortages are very common during an evacuation. Since ATMs may not be working if the power goes out, be sure you have cash on hand. Lastly, if you take medication, make sure your prescriptions are filled in advance.
Here are some mitigation tips to protect your home.
Following these steps can help you, your family, and your home stay safe. If you are facing a catastrophic event, it’s best to follow the advice of your local law enforcement if an evacuation is necessary. Safety should always be your first priority!
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