June marked the official return of the Atlantic hurricane season, and while a major hurricane hasn’t made landfall on the Texas coast in several years, NOAA predicts a more active Atlantic hurricane season than usual.
Now is the time to develop a plan for what to do in case a hurricane strike. Here are three steps you can take to minimize damage to your property and protect your family:
- Prepare your family: Buying your emergency essentials now will likely cut down on long lines as a storm approaches. Ready.gov recommends having the following items on-hand:
- Water, one gallon per person per day
- A three-day supply of no-cook foods (canned goods, etc.)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Prepare your home: Consider installing bracing on garage doors and storm shutters on both windows and sliding glass doors.
- Prepare your yard: Trim your trees to remove dead tree limbs; move any backyard toys or patio furniture so it doesn’t go airborne during the storm.
Check out this printable hurricane prep guide for a checklist to make sure your family is prepared.
If you have any questions about preparing your home for severe weather, including having the right insurance coverage, stop by my office. My staff and I are here to help.