Atlantic hurricane season is less than a month away, but don’t wait for a storm to develop over the ocean to prepare. This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The following are several tips along with the benefits of preparing early.

  1. Safety
    Hurricanes can be dangerous with high winds, heavy rains and storm surges that can cause flooding and damage to homes and infrastructure.
    Benefit of prepping early: You can help ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your property.
  • Supplies
    When a hurricane approaches, stores can quickly run out of essential supplies such as food, water, and batteries.
    Benefit of preparing early: You can get everything you need to weather the storm.
  • Evacuation
    In some cases, it may be necessary to evacuate yourself and your loved ones from an incoming hurricane.
    Benefit of preparing early: You can make sure that you have a plan in place for where, when to go and what to bring with you.
  • Insurance
    If you live in a hurricane-prone area, it is important to have adequate insurance coverage to protect your home and belongings.
    Benefit of preparing early: You can review your insurance policies and make sure you have the overage you need.
  • Peace of mind
    There is nothing else like it. Preparing for a hurricane beforehand can give you peace of mind and reduce stress and anxiety during hurricane season.
    Benefit of preparing early: By having a plan in place, you can focus on staying safe and taking care of your loved ones.

For more ways on how to prepare, visit the Tidal Basin Hurricane Resource Center. This online tool includes vetted and sourced preparedness information and safety tips that can help community leaders, families, and individuals take action to help protect themselves and their property before, during and after a hurricane. Also, visit these other trusted sources for more information and tips from their Hurricane Preparedness Week news pages:


Ready.govAmerican Red Cross