If you live in an area where hurricanes are likely to occur, it’s crucial to have an emergency plan in place — as this plan could protect you from harm and even save your life. However, the steps you take during and after the storm are just as important. To discover some of the steps you’ll need to take to stay safe before, during, and after a hurricane strikes in your area, read on.
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Steps to Take Before a Hurricane Arrives
When you live in a hurricane-prone area, knowing your risks and having an emergency preparedness plan in place is vital to the health and safety of you, your family, and your home.
- Know your hurricane risks so you can start preparing your home and family.
- Make a plan for hurricane preparedness and share it with your friends, family, and household members.
- Build a hurricane preparedness kit that includes plenty of bottled water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight, spare batteries, and other essential items.
- Learn about some DIY food preservation
- Prep your home for hurricanes and review your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Staying Safe During a Hurricane
Whether you evacuate your home or wait out the storm in an interior room or closet without windows, these resources will keep you and your loved ones safe during a hurricane.
- Follow HomeAdvisor’s tips for protecting yourself and your home during a hurricane.
- Keep social distancing guidelines in mind if you need to evacuate to a public shelter during the coronavirus crisis.
- Use a radio, television, and/or hurricane-tracking app to stay informed during the storm.
- Keep kids calm and entertained if you lose power during the hurricane.
What to Do After a Hurricane Strikes
The steps you take after a hurricane strikes are just as important in keeping you and your family safe from danger, especially if roads are flooded and power lines are down.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for staying safe after a hurricane or tropical storm strikes in your area.
- Once it’s safe to do so, assess the damages to your home and file a claim with your insurance company.
- Tackle a few DIY home projects, such as replacing the front door, removing damaged trees, and deciding which damages may require the help of a professional.
- Help others who have been affected by the hurricane.
Even if you’ve already experienced one or more hurricanes in your lifetime, you can never be too prepared for the next hurricane season. By keeping these tips in mind before, during, and after a hurricane strikes in your area, you’ll help to protect your home from costly damages — and you’ll keep yourself and your loved ones safe from harm.