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Hurricane Preparedness PSA for Homeowners

Hurricane Preparedness PSA for HomeownersWhen a hurricane is headed for your home, preparation is key. In order to help keep you and your family safe and to protect your home from costly damage, here are a few helpful hurricane preparedness psa for homeowners tips and resources:

Before
Create a home evacuation plan (https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family) and know your route (http://flash.org/2016EvacuationZones.pdf)
Acquire all the necessary supplies (http://www.mynews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2016/5/storm-threat-supply-list-final.pdf)
Check your homeowners insurance (https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/09/preparing-your-home-for-a-hurricane.html)
Take steps to protect your home – trim trees, check your roof for loose shingles, reinforce your garage door (http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C001-S001-6-steps-to-protect-your-home-from-hurricanes.html)
Understand steps to take during a watch and a warning (https://www.livescience.com/3817-hurricane-preparation.html)
Consider building a FEMA safe room (https://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms)
Don’t forget about your pets (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness)
Check your generator and make sure you have enough space to use it safely (https://www.closetbox.com/blog/prepare-your-home-disaster-related-storage/)

During
Stay inside, away from glass doors and windows (http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-hurricane/)
Know your terms (Storm statuses change) (https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/hurricanes-safety-during-20120330)
Keep your weather radio on and nearby at all times (https://www.emergencykits.com/blog/the-importance-of-having-a-noaa-radio/)
If the winds subside, stay put – it could be the eye of the storm (https://www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-hurricane)
Hunker down in the lowest part of your home away from windows and doors (http://lifehacker.com/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-hurricane-1798391969)
Prepare to lose power (http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricanes/hurricane-tracker-safety-tips-power-failures/story?id=14395074)

After
Check your home for damage, being careful of dangling power lines and standing water (http://www.redcross.org/news/article/nc/WHAT-TO-DO-AFTER-HURRICANE)
Document damage and file a claim (https://www.todayshomeowner.com/top-5-must-dos-after-a-hurricane-damages-your-home/)
Wear protective equipment during cleanup (https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/cleanup-home.html)
Locate an open shelter (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter)
Take the recovery process slowly (https://www.thestreet.com/story/14286040/1/what-to-do-after-a-flood-damages-your-home.html)
Locate disaster relief organizations (http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm)

 

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