Hurricane season has already begun, so we wanted to take some time to recommend a few tips to help you and your family stay safe. From June 1st to November 30th many are on the lookout for these tremendous storms, but the most active part of the season is usually between August and October. While we can’t stop hurricane season from rolling around every year, we can take a few extra precautions to help minimize expensive damages that these storms have the potential to create.
Have a Plan
If you live in an area where hurricanes are common be sure you have a plan in case one hits. Staying ahead of the game is a key factor in staying safe. Be sure that your plan is clear and concise. Share it with each member of the family and review it before hurricane season is upon us. Pick a central meet up point and make sure all family members have a list of important phone numbers. Have an evacuation route set in place should one be ordered. Practice this plan with your family not only before hurricane season but also throughout the year to ensure everyone is ready.
Always Have Supplies
It’s a great idea to stock up on supplies throughout the year, not just right before hurricane season. Keep an eye out on sales or coupons for items such as canned food, water, clothing, medications, first aid items, batteries, etc. FEMA recommends that your stock supply be hefty enough to last 3 days for each family member*.
Sign Up for Local Alerts
Opt-in to text message or email alerts letting you know the status of storms as they come in. Don’t rely on word of mouth from neighbors or friends. Staying up to date on information as it comes in will help you know the severity of each storm as its information is updated. This will be instrumental in deciding when and how to evacuate should local authorities recommend you do so.
Don’t Go Outside
If you decide to stay put, or are stuck in your home during a storm, don’t go outside until it is over. Be aware that when the storm is directly over you there will be a moment of calm before high winds and rain return. You should confirm that the storm is over through official websites and news stations, or alerts to your phone.
Protect Your Travel Plans
Not only should you consider the steps laid out in the tips above, but you should also consider a travel protection plan for a couple reasons. Hurricanes can affect us even when we least expect it. Some situations you might run into include: your home being affected by a hurricane before you leave, flights getting delayed along your route, or traveling to an area known for hurricane activity. Be as prepared as possible. Even consider purchasing upgrades on basic plans for extra benefits and/or increased benefit limits. Remember to purchase after your first trip cost has been paid for to ensure you can participate in any time sensitive benefits.
Be sure to take precautionary measures while at home and on vacation if you find yourself in the midst of a hurricane. If you have a Travel Insured plan you can find more info at www.travelinsured.com.