Hurricane Irma is making her way to the East Coast, so we’ve gathered up some tips to help you prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

Fact: Hurricane season is June 1-November 30, but the peak season is between mid-August and late October.

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Basic preparedness tips:

  • Know where you’re going. If you have to evacuate, know the correct route to take and know where you can stay.
  • Have access to a radio for news and weather updates.
  • Have a go-bag containing: flashlights, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • If you’re in an area that doesn’t have to evacuate, plan ahead for possible power and water loss. Make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need if you are unable to leave your home due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Have a family emergency communication plan
  • Find out if your area has text or email alert systems for emergency notifications.

Preparing Your Home:

  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and clear any clogged areas to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Make sure your roof, windows, and doors – including the garage doors – are secure.
  • Purchase a portable generator to use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside at least 20 feat away from windows and doors and protected from moisture. NEVER attempt to power your house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Be sure to have a battery operated radio.

The Hurricane is 6 hours from arriving…what should you do?

  • If you’re not evacuating, plan to stay at home or wherever your are and let friends and family know your location.
  • Close storm shutters and stay away from windows.
  • Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting and only open when absolutely necessary. If you lose power, your food will last longer.
  • Turn on your radio to stay updated on the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone so you’ll have full battery in case of power loss.


For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane, click here.

For information on how to prepare for power outages, click here.

For more information on flood safety, click here.

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