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This Hurricane Season has been one of the most destructive on record. Harvey and Irma left hundreds of thousands of homeowners in disarray, trying to salvage what little they had left. Businesses are still working hard to recover in detrimental conditions, with the possibility of power outages for weeks. Homes are beyond repair, possessions are completely destroyed, and most devastating of all, loved ones have been lost.

No one wants to think about what could happen when severe weather strikes. By following these simple tips, you can help prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency, keeping both you and your possessions safe during a dangerous storm.

Emergency Evacuation Plan

It is important for you and your family to have a list of various safe locations ready for where you would go depending on the type of emergency. That could include staying at a friend’s house that lives in another state, or renting a hotel room in a location that is more inland or out of harm’s way. Be familiar with different routes you can use to get to your location, as well as if your location is pet-friendly. As always, follow evacuation protocol as set by state agencies (hence the need for back-up routes and locations). The government website, Ready.gov, has an extensive evacuation list you can use to help you and your family determine what would work best for you depending on where you live.

Utilize Storage on Higher Ground

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, or even close to areas that are prone to flooding, it may be in your best interest to rent a storage unit that is located on higher ground. You can store prized possessions and important documents there to ensure safe-keeping, and even utilize it for some other seasonal items within your home. With sizes designed to fit any budget, finding one that works for you should be easy (and will give you peace of mind if you live in an area that frequently has severe weather).

Ensure Adequate Insurance

Most people do not have adequate insurance coverage for their personal belongings or property. By consulting with your local insurance agent, you can ensure that you and your family are covered appropriately for the location in which you live. Remember, though you may not live in a mapped flood zone, choosing to purchase flood insurance may be worth your while if you live in an area that is close to one, or prone to severe weather outbreaks.  

We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” -Petra Nemcova

Take a little extra time today to ensure you and those dear to you are prepared. By mapping out evacuation routes and locations, utilizing self storage, and ensuring you are insured appropriately, you can save yourself much time and stress when the unexpected occurs.

“Remember, when disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed” -Steven Cyros

Visit: www.redcross.org to help those currently in need.