Hurricane Irma ended up hitting Florida, but it just as easily could have taken a track toward New Jersey. In fact, many early models had the storm barreling up the Eastern Seaboard, making landfall in our region as a Category 4 or 5 storm. If that had held true, would you have been prepared? In these cases it is best to be proactive rather than reactive. Below is great preparation advice, but also make sure to understand coastal property insurance.
Planning and preparing for a hurricane can be hectic when a storm is already on its way, as we saw from the gridlocked highways and intense fear in Florida as Irma churned toward the state.
A hurricane can cause widespread devastation during and after it occurs. FEMA recently developed a guide designed to help you properly prepare for a hurricane and know how to protect yourself during and after one. Planning and preparing can make a big difference in safety and resiliency in the wake of a hurricane. The ability to quickly recover following a hurricane requires a focus on preparedness, advance planning, and knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane.
In the guide you will find a Hurricane Preparedness Checklist on the last page. This will help you get started preparing for a hurricane. When filling it out, make sure to include your entire family in the preparation and discuss your emergency plan with them. Post this checklist in an easily accessible location so it’s always close by. Remember to keep in mind your family’s unique needs as you complete the checklist.