Preparing for a Hurricane in New England
We are still in the midst of hurricane season and with all of the hurricane activity we have seen lately on the gulf and eastern coasts, it is an important time to prepare for a hurricane in New England. A hurricane can do lasting damage as winds whip up to over 100 miles per hour. As low-pressure meets with tropical ocean water, the conditions result in a hurricane. It surges unto land and as it travels onward, it loses its velocity. However, rain continues to fall often leading to flooding. Floods are perhaps the most deadly consequence of some hurricanes.
To help you with get your hurricane preparedness plan in place, follow these guidelines:
– Preparing for a hurricane in New England means you need a plan in place before a hurricane approaches. Make sure everyone in the family knows the plan. Test-drive the evacuation route in case you need to leave your home.
– Stock your home with essential supplies such as water, food, a first aid kit, flashlight, hand crank radio, and batteries.
– Continuously check with the national and local weather advisories and heed their warnings.
– When you hear that a hurricane is approaching, make sure your home in New England is prepared. Depending on the category rating boarding up windows or closing hurricane shutters and doors may be necessary. Especially if you are in 150 miles of the coast for a category 3 or higher level hurricane. Ensure all drain spouts are in proper working order, as well as other drains, sewers, and sump pumps.
– Check your generator to be sure it’s functional and fueled up.
– If you don’t have a generator, set your refrigerator to a colder setting in case the power goes out.
– Secure important documents that are irreplaceable.
– Check with your insurance agent to make sure your policy covers the potential damage of a hurricane. Add flood coverage if you don’t already have it.
– Cover your outdoor A/C unit with a tarp.
– Remove non-permanent outdoor equipment to a garage or basement (for example, picnic tables, patio furniture, and grills).
– Remove any loose limbs and shrubbery that is near your home.
– If the hurricane has already hit land, do not attempt to drive. Many people die in flooded waters.
Preparing for a hurricane in New England is an essential step to take now. The hurricane season doesn’t begin to die down until November. If you have any questions on hurricane preparedness or about your policy, please click here to contact us today!