There is no substitute for Hurricane Season preparation
With the 2019 hurricane season underway, we would like to remind you of the importance of preparing for potentially destructive storms. Here are some things you can do today, before a storm approaches, to help keep you and your family safe throughout the hurricane season.
How do Hurricane Watches and Warnings differ?
Understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means that a hurricane may occur within the next 24 to 36 hours. A hurricane warning means that a hurricane will probably strike your area within the next 24 hours.
Prepare a storm survival kit.
- A complete list of essential supplies is available on Ready.Gov.
Certain preparations must also be made for disabled persons, senior citizens, and pets.
- Taking any medications? Ask your pharmacist and physician for an increased prescription package so you will always have an additional 30 days of medication available in waterproof containers.
- Make complete front and back copies of drivers licenses, identification cards, and all credit and affinity cards. Other important documents such as mortgages, deeds, birth and death certificates should be copied and the originals should stay in a safe deposit or a water and fireproof security chest.
- Plan your evacuation route in advance of the storm.
Arrange for a family or friend who lives far away from the danger zone to act as a central communications hub so family members who may be split up can call and confirm where they are and their condition.
Create Your Family Communication Plan
- Establish a safe location for family members to reconnect.
Make sure you have at least one credit card with the full credit limit available to you should you need to rent hotel or motel accommodations until you are able to return home.
Secure storm shutters and board up all windows.
•Stock up on drinking water and non-perishable goods.
•Have a supply of batteries and be sure you have flashlights and a hand-chargeable portable radio in good working condition.
•Keep your cars gas tank at least 3/4 full just in case you are forced to leave your home or town immediately.
- Purchase a five-gallon gasoline or diesel fuel container (Yes, they are different. The gasoline containers are usually red in color, while the diesel containers are yellow.), and fill them at the first mention of a Hurricane Warning or Hurricane Watch to prevent the possibility of your running out of fuel.
Don’t Forget Your Flood Insurance
The typical home, dwelling fire,renters, co-op or condo insurance policies do not cover losses caused by a flood. And unless you’re buying your coverage for a closing, you will have to wait 30 days for your coverage to become effective, so purchase your flood insurance coverage today.
Please remember, we are here to help. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Eustace L. Greaves, Jr., LUTCF is a New York State licensed independent agent and broker. parYou can reach him through email at [email protected], or by phone at 718-489-2218.