September is National Preparedness Month, a month set aside to remind Americans how to be ready and prepared for emergencies or disasters. Hurricane season is starting and we’ve put together a few tips to make sure you, your family, home, business, and community is ready to weather the storm.
Now is the time to be preparing a hurricane kit in your home. Some suggestions to be included in your kit are:
- Water (recommended 1 gallon per person per day. Have at least a 3 day supply)
- Food (non-perishable food items such as: canned food items [salmon, tuna, etc.], canned vegetables and fruits, instant soup mixes, peanut butter, cereal, apples, crackers, soy or almond milk, trail mix, granola/protein bars, apple sauce)
- Flashlights (and extra batteries!), candles (matches, waterproof or stored in dry container), lanterns
- First Aid Kit (contents should include: http://hurricanesafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/firstaid.pdf)
- Radio (hand cranked or battery-powered)
- Dust Mask (filters contaminated air)
- Paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, moist toweletts
- Tools such as wrench and pliers (to turn off utilities if need be)
- Maps (local and surrounding areas)
- Cell Phone charger (car charger, solar powered, backup batteries [be sure they are charged now!])
- Prescription Medications
- Important Documents in waterproof container (identification, insurance policies, bank account information, etc.)
- Extra clothes and sturdy shoes for each member of your household
- Emergency contact numbers (include your insurance agent on this! Manry Rawls Franklin is 757-562-6131, we will be updating with other various emergency numbers as the storm approaches)
After preparing your kit be sure your home’s exterior is ready. Hurricane’s bring strong winds, heavy rain, possible hail, storm surge, and more.
- Remove area debris (winds can pick up large branches, unstable trees and bushes)
- Clear the lawn of furniture, toys, plants, trash cans, decorations, etc. (anything that is not tied down)
- Clean out gutters & drains
- Check sump pumps
- Test generators BEFORE the storm hits
- Check your structures and ensure roofs, porches, carports, storage sheds, etc. are firmly attached in place
- Check the seals around windows and doors for holes or gaps.
Please remember these are only suggestions and should be adjusted for your family. If you need to speak with your Manry Rawls insurance agent prior to the storm please call your local office today (Courtland- (757) 653-2413, Franklin- (757) 562-6131, Emporia- (434) 634-2152, Windsor- (757) 242-6112, Smithfield- (757) 304-6160.) If you need to report a claim after the storm we will update with phone numbers later as time gets closer.
Check our Facebook page and local news sources often to stay updated on the storm’s progression and what you should do.