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What To Do Before And After A Hurricane

for Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Beyond

Sep 18, 2015

Hurricanes can be scary and stressful, but there are things you can do before and after a hurricane to make the experience as painless as possible. Here’s what you should know.

Before A Hurricane

Prepare your family and your home by doing the following:

Check Your Emergency Kit

Having a well-stocked emergency kit is essential. Your kit should include: 

  •          Three gallons of water for every person in your family - you need about one gallon per person per day
  •          Non-perishable foods like trail-mix, granola bars, canned goods, peanut butter and more
  •          Flashlights and extra batteries
  •          A first-aid kit
  •          A battery powered radio
  •          Wipes and garbage bags for hygiene
  •          Emergency cell phone and charger
  •          Prescription medications
  •          Food and water for pets
  •          Blankets
  •          A complete change of clothing for each person

Prepare Your Home

Proper home maintenance and upgrades can minimize the damage to your home. Keep your gutters clear, trim trees near your house, bring things inside that cannot be tied down, install a generator, and install storm shutters on your windows.

Make A Plan With Your Family

Talk to your family about what you’ll do in an emergency before it happens. Everyone should know where to go, how you plan on staying in touch, and what to do if you get separated.

Listen To Local Authorities

Pay attention to forecasts and recommendations of local authorities. Evacuate if you need to. No personal possession is worth risking your safety.

After A Hurricane

After the hurricane is over, listen to local radio for updates to make sure everything is safe. When you go outside, watch out for damaged structures, fallen objects and damaged tree branches. Drive only if necessary, and be on high alert. Once you know that you and your family members are safe and that your basic needs are met, it is time to contact your agent at Bradenton Insurance and assess the damage to your home.

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