Preparation and timing are the most useful tools to help you and your family or your business minimize the impact to the storm. There are 5 hurricane categories.
74-95 mph wind; There are some damage of fallen trees, flooding and power outage for days to weeks.
96-110 mph wind There can be extensive damage of roof damage, fallen trees flooding and power outages for days to weeks.
111-129 mph wind; There are Devastating damage of home damage, falling trees flooding, and power outage for days to weeks.
130 to 156 mph wind; There are catastrophic damage of severe home damage trees fallen down to power outages for weeks to months.
156 mph wind There are catastrophic damage of high percentage home will be destroyed , fallen trees and power outages for possibly months.
- Listen to the Weather reports and Local Emergency Management Agency
- Board up windows with storm shutters or ply board
- Cut weak branches and trees that could fall on your house
- Secure patio furniture and outdoor items
- Evacuation route planned
- First Aid Kit and Medicine
- Cars filled with fuel
- Batteries and Flashlights
- Non perishable foods, drinking water and pet foods
- Unplug all electronics and move them as high as possible Turn off breakers if advised
- Charge your phones
- Bring furniture and valuables to a high area
- Review your Insurance policy-Please buy Flood Insurance
- Tools needed for emergency home repairs
- Make sure exterior doors are hurricane proof by dead bolts’ or have at least three hinges
- Seal outside wall openings with a high quality urethane-based caulk to prevent water penetration
- Business-keep contact information for employees suppliers and vendors. Review your business policies
During the Storm
- Stay indoors and away from windows and glass
- Never operate a generator in your home unless a transfer switch has been installed
- Listen for warning sirens and go to the bathroom or basement with no windows
- Don not leave your house until the hurricane has passed
After the Storm
- Do not use electrical equipment that has been submerged in water
- Stay away from downed power lines
- Do not let your children play in the flooded streets
- Do not drive around in flooded area for you could flood out
- If your home has been flooded or damaged immediately call your insurance company and take pictures
- If your home has been flooded immediately move out until your home can be accessed or repaired