Tropical storm Andrea formed in the Gulf of Mexico this week, becoming the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. While it’s not predicted to affect the Northeast, it’s a reminder to take the precautionary steps to prepare of what is expected to be a high activity hurricane season.
Even if you don’t live in a direct coastal town, cities 30 miles away can be impacted by a hurricane. Take the time to look at this checklist to prepare yourself for hurricane season.
Gather information: Know if you live in an evacuation area. Talk with an insurance agent so you can assess your risks and know your home and business’ vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Keep a list of contact information hand for reference- in addition to emergency contacts, make sure you have contact info for the nearest hospitals, utilities, local American Red Cross, local Emergency Management office, law enforcement, fire safety, local TV stations and your local insurance agent.
Prepare an emergency supply kit: Put together a basic disaster supply kit. Keep all emergency contact info in there, along with food, medication, water, medical supplies and any other amenities you might need.
Know the plan: There are several separate procedures you would be aware of. All businesses should have a business continuity plan in place. Family members should know what to do and where to go in the event of a natural disaster. Finally, if you have children, make sure you know their daycare or school’s disaster plan as well.
Finally, make sure you talk to your insurance agent about coverage during national disasters. Make sure your home and business are protected. Contact Sinclair Risk and Financial Management today for more information. (877) 602-2305