July is in full swing and with warmer weather comes a greater risk of hurricane disruption. Hunter Insurance wants to make sure that you can relax and enjoy the summer weather with peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw your way. The 2016 hurricane season was the most active since 2012. However, according to the National Oceanic and ATmosspheric Administration (NOAA), the 2017 season is predicted to be above-normal. The Acting FEMA Administrator, Robert J. Fenton, JR. says, “regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one to disrupt our lives.” Make sure you’re covered this time around with Hunter’s homeowner’s insurance.
The best way to ensure safety within your home is to be prepared. The National Geographic has outlined some hurricane preparedness safety tips for you and your family to keep in mind this season:
Before the Storm:
- Have a Plan – take the time to sit down with your family and loved ones to discuss what you will do if a hurricane hits. This will include an evacuation plan for coastal residents with a safe shelter and route to arrive there.
- Stock Up – Before the storm hits make sure that you have enough emergency supplies including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and gasoline to last you a few days until the worst of the storm may be over.
During the Storm:
- Listen – Find your local authorities on radio or television and pay attention to any evacuation routes that may close as a storm develops.
- Seek Safety – If you and your loved ones are forced to weather the storm from your home, find the most secure part of the building and stay away from windows.
- Detect the Eye – A lull in the storm often signifies the storm’s eye, not the end. Anyone who is weathering the storm from their home should wait for authorities to announce that the danger has subsided.
We hope that these tips help you feel more comfortable this hurricane season, knowing that you are adequately prepared before a storm strikes. If you would like more information about how to be fully prepared for a hurricane, we have a brochure that we would be happy to mail to you, simply give us a call at 401.729.9500 today.