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Four Smart Hurricane Preparation Strategies

July 17, 2018

Protect your family from the effects of severe weather by having a comprehensive hurricane plan in place. These are the four preparation areas to consider.

Smart hurricane preparedness strategies can protect families and homes from the effects of storm damage. Clients living in Louisiana should take these four key steps in advance of the next big storm.

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

The federal Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio provide smartphone updates that warn of impending storms. Many communities also have a designated alert system. Signing up for updates is typically as easy as providing a phone number.

Create a Disaster Supply Kit

This should include a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, a three-day supply of shelf-stable food, first aid kit, battery-powered radio with spare batteries, dust mask, whistle, spare cell phone with extra batteries and chargers, flashlights, garbage bags, moist towelettes, toolkit with wrench and pliers, a manual can opener, and local maps and emergency contact information.

Make a Plan

Depending on the home’s location, the family should plan to shelter in place or create an evacuation plan. Practice the plan and double check that desired routes are passable in the event of a storm. Also, be sure the family vehicle is kept with a full tank in preparation for evacuation plans.

Review Insurance Coverage

If a storm is in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s too late to ensure that an area home is sufficiently insured. Homeowners can contact Darryl Murphy Insurance in Port Vincent for comprehensive homeowner’s, mobile home, and flood insurance quotes. Even those who have existing coverage can get expert advice about whether their policy will cover necessary costs in the event of a storm.

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