This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week, a week dedicated to educating the public on how to prepare for hurricane season before it starts. The start of hurricane season is only a couple of weeks away so now is a good time to ensure your family is prepared in the event of a hurricane.
Don’t wait until a storm is in the weather forecast to learn how to prepare! Here are 7 simple topics, outlined by Weather-Ready Nation & the NOAA, you can cover this week to prepare.
1. Determine your risk- Even if you don’t live right on the coast you could face wind damage, heavy flooding, and more. Find out what the risk for your area is so you can start preparing now.
2. Develop an evacuation plan- In the event you are in an area that could be unsafe during a hurricane, you’ll need some place safe to go. Plan ahead of time and don’t forget to make a plan for your pets.
3. Secure an insurance check-up- Speak to your insurance company to make sure you have enough coverage for your home, car, or boat. Don’t forget about adding flood insurance if you are at risk
4. Stock up on supplies- Make sure you have enough supplies to for the storm and what comes after. You should stock enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family at least a week.
5. Strengthen your home- Make sure your home will stand up to the storm. Do you have materials to board up windows and doors? Are your tree branches trimmed?
6. Identify trusted sources of information for a hurricane event- The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are the official sources for hurricane forecasts and the issuance of hurricane watches and warnings. These organizations partner with more local weather and news outlets to bring you up-to date information. Learn what alerts you can set up so you are in the know.
7. Make a hurricane plan- Write down your hurricane plan before storms are forecasted. Where will you go? What supplies do you need to buy now so you are prepared?
At AmeriGas Safety is our highest priority. As a propane user it is extremely important you have reviewed basic propane safety information. As we get closer to hurricane season, make certain you review Propane Safety & Hurricanes information (located here). Visit www.propanesafetyfirst.com for propane safety related information.
Hurricanes are extreme weather events. Please make the time to check out the hurricane preparedness week page and other sites such as Ready.gov and FEMAfor a complete checklist of preparation activities and resources to assist.