Hurricane Season Tips: Personal Safety For You and Your Family
Put Personal Safety On Your Hurricane Preparation Checklist
The old adage is true – it’s better to be safe than sorry. When a hurricane hits, your electricity may not work, and your water may be unsafe to drink. Even storms that don’t cause physical damage to homes may still damage nearby utility infrastructure, leaving some areas without critical services. Don’t forget to prepare for you and your family’s personal needs to keep everyone safe and comfortable.
Keep the Ice Box Icy
How to keep your refrigerator cooler, longer:
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings.
- Freeze water in plastic jugs and fill empty spaces with the frozen jugs.
- Do not open the refrigerator door any more than necessary.
One Gallon Per Day
Fill clean, empty plastic jugs with tap water to be used for drinking or cooking. The rule of thumb is to have at least one gallon of water per person, per day.
Fill Your Tub
Clean your bathtub using bleach. Rinse thoroughly and let dry. Seal the drain with silicone caulk and fill the tub with water. This water is to be used for bathing and sanitary purposes only – not for drinking.
Stock Up a Safe Room
Prepare a safe room with supplies needed for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medications.
Keep your safe room stocked with:
- Battery, wind up, solar or crank-powered television and/or radio
- Spare batteries
- Sleeping bags
- Snacks and canned goods
- Drinking water
- Food, water and medications for your pets
- Non electric can opener
- Local maps
- 100% charge on mobile phones, iPad, and laptops
- Portable chargers 100% charged
Hit the Pumps
Don’t get caught with an empty tank. Make sure your vehicles are full of gasoline. After an intense storm, gas demand may go up, and filling stations may run out of gas completely.
Know Where to Go
Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route and shelter locations. Call your out-of-town emergency contact and let them know where you will be during the hurricane.
To make sure you’re covered for damages caused by hurricanes, contact your FBAlliance Insurance Agent. Click here to find an agent.
FBAlliance Insurance is providing this document as a courtesy to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding coverage for damage due to hurricane. This document does not change or replace any policy language and you should review your Homeowners Declaration Page and Policy contract for exact terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions.