Hurricane Preparedness Week 2021

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and we have some tips for our friends living on or near a coast to help you stay safe this hurricane season.

Many people know they need a plan for hurricane season, but aren’t sure where to start. Let us help you get started, so you can begin outlining your family’s hurricane preparedness plan.

How to prepare for a severe storm.

1. Make a communication plan with your family.

  • Make sure everyone in you family has each other’s contact information.
  • Outside Contact: Identify a friend or family member living out of area to be the designated outside contact. It may be hard for you to talk to each other because of local communication disruptions. And making a long distance call could be easier.
  • Learn to Text: Make sure everyone in the family knows how to text. During a storm it could be easier to send a message than make a phone call.
  • Subscribe to Weather Alerts: Sign up to receive text messages from a system in your area that can keep you aware of the situation. This could be a local news affiliate.

Now that you have a communication plan, let’s put together your EMERGENCY KIT.

2. What should be in your storm emergency kit.

  • A gallon of water per person/per day. Try to have a week’s supply.
  • Non-perishable food. Again, try to have a week’s supply available.
  • Flashlight
  • Plenty of batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Any medication your family is taking
  • A multipurpose tool
  • Phone chargers (battery operated or portable chargers if possible)
  • Blankets
  • Copies of personal documents (ID, passports, insurance policies, etc.)
  • Extra cash

Emergency Preparedness Kits are also available to purchase through the American Red Cross store.

Having an emergency plan and emergency kit should be at the top of your list. Once those are taken care of, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

3. Ways to prepare your home for a hurricane.

  • Install a generator
  • Learn your house’s elevation level and whether it floods easily
  • Identify areas that could have potential hazards, like dams or levees
  • Learn evacuation routes
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your home
  • Reinforce your garage doors
  • Plan to bring in anything you can’t tie down outside
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat

4. Invest in impact windows.

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And finally, if you are looking to replace your current coastal windows, you should definitely take a look at our Stormbreaker Plus windows. Approved by the Florida Building Commission, these windows have been tested and certified to meet the Testing Application Standards for use in the High Velocity Hurricane Zone. And when they’re not protecting your home against the elements they’re helping to keep robbers out so you stay safe. Our StormBreaker series is also available as a patio door.