When a tropical storm is brewing in the warm gulf waters or a strong winter thunderstorm is forecasted, it’s vital to have a solid plan of action as well as a family communication plan. We’ve experienced hurricanes and storms occurring more frequently outside of their normal seasons, catching many people off guard and unprepared. With that in mind, it’s our goal to help keep you informed and ready with a few tips to stay ready.
Storm Preparedness Tips
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
- Put together a go-bag with extra clothing and other necessities. Your disaster supply kit should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first-aid supplies, medications and copies of your critical information in case you need to evacuate.
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, ensure you have adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and are unable to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make a family emergency communication plan.
- Many communities have text or email alert systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the internet with your town, city or county name and the word “alerts.”
For more information, visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes. THD works with insurance companies, first responders and policyholders to help with evacuation needs and emergency lodging. The most important thing is to be safe. We are here to help and can be reached 24/7 at 800-817-3220.