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We are right in the midst of hurricane season and it has been one of the most active on record. It doesn’t seem to be slowing up anytime soon either. In fact, Hurricane Sally is predicted to drop 30 inches of precipitation over the Gulf Coast, and over a matter of days. It’s a slow-moving storm, and those are often the most dangerous. Already, parts of Alabama and Florida are flooding, and Louisiana is facing another storm surge that could do unspeakable damage.

If you live in Alabama, Florida, or Louisiana, and you can evacuate, you should consider it. If you cannot go, then you need to have a plan.

Build an emergency kit

Every family should have an emergency kit prepared well before a hurricane enters the forecast. The kit should include supplies that last for at least three days, including recovery from the storm, as you might not be able to access stores once the storm passes due to downed trees, downed power lines, and other types of road blockages or hazards. The emergency kit should include the following:

  • Nonperishable food
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
  • Medications
  • Extra cash
  • Battery-powered radio
  • NOAA weather radio with tone alert
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Portable crank-powered or solar-powered USB charger for cellphone
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps

All of these items should be placed in airtight containers that are easy-to-carry. Since the hurricane season is being impacted by a global pandemic, it’s important that you also pack supplies to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus if you wind up in a shelter or other area with a lot of evacuees. Some of these items include extra face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and gloves.

Ready your home for a hurricane

It is always important to heed any evacuation orders issued by your local or state government. Staying behind to ride out a hurricane is dangerous. Before leaving for a safer environment, make sure your home is ready for the storm by doing the following:

  • Bring in all outdoor furniture and any other items that can become flying debris during a storm (place in a garage or inside your home).
  • Clean out your home’s gutters.
  • Trim the branches of the trees surrounding your property, especially those that are hanging over your roof.
  • Install temporary shutters on all of the windows and doors (this is done with plywood) and tape the windows (to prevent the glass from shattering all over the floor).
  • Use sandbags to create a perimeter around your home, to help divert waterflow.

There’s only so much you can do in preparation for a hurricane. If the storm is strong enough, it will leave damage in its wake. If your home has been damaged in a hurricane during the 2020 season, or if you suffer losses in Hurricane Sally, it is important to speak with an insurance claims attorney from Warhurst Law immediately. Call our office at 251-207-1296 or complete a contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve clients throughout Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana.

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