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Before Hurricane Season
Before hurricane season, follow these preparation tips:
  • Develop a family plan (including pets) for hurricane survival by holding a family meeting and discussing the hazards of hurricanes
  • Protect your property:
    • Obtain the necessary materials to protect your windows and doors
    • Don’t forget the garage door
    • Shutters are a must
  • Asses for any vulnerability:
    • Check your roof and structure of your house
    • Make necessary repairs
    • Inventory your possessions and videotape / photograph your valuables
  • Trim trees and branches and remove coconuts and other yard debris (watch out for power lines)
  • Protect your pool:
    • Add extra chlorine to prevent contamination and lower the water no more than two feet - completely draining or lowering the water too much may cause the pool to pop out of the ground
  • Check your generator and fire extinguisher
  • Make arrangements to secure your vehicles, boat, or RV
    • Keep your vehicle insurance policy together with your homeowner’s policy
  • Identify a friend or family member (outside of the area) that will keep information about how you are doing and where to contact you should you decide to evacuate
  • Put together a hurricane survival kit
    • Gather your supplies, including essentials
  • Review your insurance policies now to ensure you have adequate coverage, or identify the need for additional coverage
  • Determine your plans for your pets now.
    • If sheltering, pre-registration may be required