As the northeast deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and all eyes are on Tropical Storm Katia, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH®) recommends everyone at risk for hurricanes and floods consider the following tips to prepare now for what the remainder of hurricane season may bring:
- Make a plan for what your family will do if you have to evacuate from your home. Know your evacuation routes, plan for your pets and be sure to review your insurance coverage including flood insurance.
- Ensure your family has an emergency kit that will sustain each member for at least 72 hours after a storm has passed. Following Hurricane Irene, many families in Vermont found themselves cut off from necessary services. That’s why it’s important that your emergency kit include non-perishable food, water, medication, a first-aid kit, a weather radio and other supplies necessary to the basic survival and comfort of you and your family during a storm.
- Prepare your home for hurricane-force winds and rain. Visit www.flash.org and perform a Do-it-Yourself wind inspection to find out what repairs or enhancements your home requires in order to be storm-ready. Take the time now to make any fixes that you’ve identified using the Protect Your Home in a FLASH resource guide.
“It’s important that families remain diligent about their hurricane season plans and preparations,” said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of FLASH. “We are only just now entering the most active period of hurricane season. We all need to make sure we are prepared as there is a long way to go before the season ends.”
Learn even more about proven hurricane preparedness tools such as family plans, hurricane emergency kits, and tips for making structurally stronger homes by visiting the 2011 Great Hurricane Blowout (Blowout) on Facebook. “Like” the Blowout and become eligible for weekly Home Depot gift card giveaways and enter the Kohler Home Generator Sweepstakes. More details on Blowout events and other campaign components in the coming days and weeks can be found at www.greathurricaneblowout.org. Also, follow the Blowout on Twitter (@ghblowout).