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Hurricane season is here – prepare yourself and be ready! Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30, with the peak of hurricane season between mid-August and late October.

Know the Difference

Hurricane Warning: conditions are expected within 36 hours

Hurricane Watch: conditions are possible within the next 48 hours

Before

1. Gather Information

  • Assess your risks and home’s vulnerability
  • Create a list of contact information
  • Sign-up for emergency alerts

2. Plan

  • Create an emergency plan
  • Build an emergency supply kit (Emergency communication, medical needs, important documents, tools and safety items, food and supplies, hygiene and sanitation, protective gear and clothing, comfort and priceless items)
  • Protect your home against potential wind and water damage (Reinforce your home, and clean gutters and drains, trim trees, secure items and doors)
  • Prepare financially and check your insurance

SmartTip: DON’T FORGET TO PLAN AND BUILD A KIT FOR PETS AND ANIMALS!

During

  • Follow instructions issued by officials
  • Allow for enough time to evacuate if you need to leave your home
  • If not ordered to leave, consider your protection options
  • Stay alert for Tornadoes and the “Eye” of the storm

After

  • Wait until the area is declared safe before returning
  • Stay safe and healthy
  • Recovery is gradual

For more information on Hurricane Preparedness visit the National Hurricane Center website!