Because September is National Preparedness Month, we want to remind you of a few hurricane safety tips that will help keep you and your family safe during a hurricane.

Hurricane safety tips to help you weather Hurricane Matthew.Planning in advance is key to staying safe during a hurricane. It’s essential to prepare for how you and your family will contact one another, how you will travel to a safe location, and what to do in unexpected situations.

Here are several tips to help you and your family prepare for a hurricane.

How to prepare for a hurricane.

1. Ensure all of your family members have contact cards.

With the unpredictability of storms, you might find yourself without power and unable to use technology. Create contact cards with important information and family phone numbers. Keep these on hand in wallets, purses, and bags.

2. Create a plan for family communication.

FEMA provides family communication plans on their website to help organize your plan. This is especially helpful to use and share with the kids in your family.

3. Stay informed with weather alert services.

Whether you choose to receive these alerts via email, call or text, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with the changing weather in your area during a storm.

4. Identify an emergency contact.

Share this person’s phone number with your family members to ensure everyone knows who to call in an emergency.

5. Create an emergency kit.

Hurricanes can often cause power outages and other damage, so having an emergency kit is important. Make sure it includes first aid supplies, a battery-operated radio, and flashlights.

6. Be prepared.

Everything from buying bags of ice to filling up your gas tank can help you prepare for the weather Hurricane Matthew will bring. It’s always better to plan for the unexpected.

We hope these tips help to protect you and your family during the storm. For more information on creating a hurricane plan, visit FEMA’s website here.

What to do after a hurricane.

Eight things you should do following a hurricane from the American Red Cross.

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest weather updates.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of any damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • If your windows or patio doors are damaged from the hurricane, contact your insurance company.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • As you rebuild, strengthen your existing garage doors to improve the wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
  • If you do not have impact rated windows, protect your windows with permanent storm shutters.