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Preparing For A Storm

With Dorian just off the coast, there is no better time to ensure that you are properly prepared for a hurricane to make landfall. Here are our tips for preparing yourself and your family for an oncoming storm:

  • Meet with your insurance agent to make sure that you are adequately covered.
  • Gather all important documents –
    • Including your insurance paperwork, bank statements, and identification - and place them in zip lock bags to protect from water damage.
    • If possible, scan and maintain a digital back up of your documents. Keep these documents in a safe place, like a fireproof safe.
  • Gather supplies for your emergency supply kit. This kit should include:
    • One gallon of water per person for at least 3 days (for drinking and sanitation).
    • Enough non-perishable food items to last 3 days. Make sure to have a can opener if your kit contains canned items.
    • A battery or hand crank weather radio and extra batteries, if necessary.
    • Flash light and extra batteries.
    • A first aid kit
    • Moist towelettes or baby wipes.
    • Sleeping bags or blankets for each person.
    • Cash and change.
    • Cell phone with charge and inverter.
  • Take a personal inventory of your home and contents using inventory software or a video camera –
    • You should also take photos of the outside of your home to have in case of damage.  Make sure a backup of this information is contained with your important documents.
  • Install hurricane shutters over windows, doors, and garage doors.
  • Make sure your car’s tank is full.
  • Bring in all loose items from outside.
  • Trim your trees and shrubs and make sure there is no loose debris in your yard.
  • Make sure you have a family emergency plan in place –
    • This should include an out of town contact and a meeting place, in case you separate. FEMA has a great tool to help create this plan. Visit

Please refer to our Hurricane Preparedness Guide for further information including safety instructions for during and after a storm, as well as a list of emergency contacts: