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This Week is Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, review/update insurance policies, make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season.

Treasure Coast - Monday May 2, 2022: The week of May 1 through May 7 has been declared Hurricane Preparedness Week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.

Each day of the week is a reminder to residents along the Treasure Coast and elsewhere throughout the Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard, to be prepared for stormy weather.

Determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, review/update insurance policies, make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season.

If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to follow these simple steps in order to be to prepared before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1.

Sunday, May 1 — Determine Your Risk

The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms. noaa.gov/hurricane-prep

It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms. noaa.gov/hurricane-prep #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness - Determine Your Risk. Storm surge. Tornadoes. Rip Currents. Strong winds. Flooding and rainfall.

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Monday, May 2 — Develop an Evacuation Plan

Take some time this week - Hurricane Preparedness Week - to make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about. noaa.gov/hurricane-prep

Are you in a hurricane evacuation zone, or in a home that would be otherwise unsafe in a hurricane? If so, think now, about where you’d go and how you’d get there if you're told to evacuate. noaa.gov/hurricane-prep #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness - Develop an Evacuation Plan. Find out if you live in an evacuation zone. Plan several routes. Have a go bag for supplies. Plan for your pets. Follow evacuation orders if given.

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Tuesday, May 3 — Assemble Disaster Supplies

Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of three days. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. ready.gov/kit

Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a long recovery period too. Prepare for AT LEAST three days. ready.gov/kit #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness - Assemble Disaster Supplies. Food and water. Medicine and prescriptions. Cash on hand. Radio, batteries, phone chargers. Keep gas tank full. Pictured: Disaster supplies and an emergency preparedness checklist.

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Wednesday, May 4 — Get an Insurance Checkup

This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home...and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period. floodsmart.gov

Are you insured for a hurricane? Check in now before hurricane season begins. Keep in mind that standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, and flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period! Find coverage at floodsmart.gov #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness - Get an Insurance Checkup. Check with your agent. Know your policy. Consider flood insurance. Keep documents with you.

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Thursday, May 5 — Strengthen Your Home

There's a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds. Take action now before hurricane season begins. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds. Learn more at: flash.org/protect.php

Can your home withstand a hurricane? Make sure it is up to local hurricane building code specifications. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds. Learn more at: flash.org/protect.php

Hurricane Preparedness - Strengthen Your Home. Cover windows. Trim trees. Secure loose outdoor items. Secure all doors. Move vehicle to a safe location.

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Friday, May 6 — Help Your Neighbor

Many people rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes at: ready.gov/neighbors

You can play a large role in how your neighbors fare before, during and after a hurricane. Learn more at: ready.gov/neighbors #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness - Help Your Neighbor. Help your neighbors prepare. Help your neighbors evacuate. Check-in after the storm passes.

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Saturday, May 7 - Complete a Written Plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor. Learn more at: ready.gov/make-a-plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family. ready.gov/make-a-plan #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Hurricane Preparedness - Complete a Written Plan. Have a contact list. Keep critical documents together for quick access. Have at least one contact outside of the impact area. Share your plan.

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