You’ve heard the weather reports, checked out the National Weather Service and know that a hurricane is heading your way. At this point, hopefully, you have flooding insurance in place and do not have to think about that. Neptune flood wants to make sure that you know how to get ready when a hurricane threatens, so here are some tips to help you prepare. These suggestions have been listed according to a time frame.
What you can do now:
- Know your area’s risk
- Sign up for a community warning system
- Watch for heavy rain, if you are at risk for flash floods
- Think about your plans for sheltering in place or evacuation
- Know evacuation routes, evacuation zones and the location of shelters
- Gather supplies, medications and pet needs
- Safeguard important papers or place them in a password-protected digital place
- Protect your property. Clean drains and gutters and install check valves in plumbing. If you have hurricane shutters be prepared to use them
- Review your insurance policies in case of damage or flood
36 Hours Ahead
According to the government, 36 hours ahead of the hurricane you should:
- Be ready to get the latest updates; turn on TV or radio
- Restock your emergency kit
- Plan how to communicate with family if power fails
- Review evacuation routes, evacuation zones and the location of shelters
- Keep your car in good working order and fill up with gas
- Put emergency supplies in the car as well as a change of clothes
18 to 36 Hours Ahead
- Bookmark the list of county resources so it is handy
- Bring in outdoor furniture and anything that could fly and hit something in high wind
- Anchor objects such as propane tanks
- Trim trees that are close to the house
- Activate storm shutters or put 5/8” exterior-grade or marine plywood on windows
6 to 18 Hours Ahead
- Turn on TV and radio for instructions
- Charge your cell phone in case of power loss
6 Hours Ahead
- If not recommended or ordered to evacuate, plan on staying put and not going out. Let friends know where you are
- Close storm shutters; stay away from the windows
- Turn refrigerator to coldest setting in case of power loss. Before eating food when power is restored, check the food temperature
- Turn on TV or radio or check the website in your county every 30 minutes in order to get updates
If you are given an evacuation order, do it immediately. Remember to not drive around any barricades, as there could be flooding.
These steps, as well as the purchasing of flooding insurance, can make the event of a hurricane less stressful. By preparing months ahead of time as well as hours before, it will be less chaotic, and fewer things will be forgotten or neglected. We have additional information on the Neptune Flood blog on flood preparedness. Because a hurricane also involves high winds, additional precautions should be taken.
Consult a document given out by your county to find out about which evacuation zone you live in, so you know ahead of time whether you might have to leave. If you are going to stay. If you have a pet, know where the nearest pet-friendly shelter is if you do have to evacuate.
Using space-age technology, Neptune Flood can help you be prepared for a hurricane or flood. With the ability to buy flooding insurance in less than three minutes, why not be ready.