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Be Prepared for a Storm

Prepare Your Home

  • Cover all of your home’s windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Turn off utilities and propane tank.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
  • Document, photograph or video tape possessions for insurance purposes.
  • Close interior doors.

Prepare Your Business

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.
  • Plan what you will do if your building or store is not accessible.
  • Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home.
  • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable.
  • Document, photograph or video tape possessions for insurance purposes.

Listen to Local Officials

Learn about the emergency plans that have been established. Listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Know your local radio stations and other media outlets.

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