After the recent devastating damage that Hurricane Harvey has done to Houston, Texas and surrounding areas, some parts of the Carribean Islands and United States are still on edge as we await the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
Irma is a category 5 storm and is said to be the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
It has a pathway to touch parts of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico Turks and Caicos, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba and parts of Florida amongst other locations. It is currently hard to project exactly where it will hit over the next 5 days, but it is important to be as prepared as you can be.
What to do before a Tropical Storm or Hurricane
The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins on June 1. It is vital to understand your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Here is your checklist of things to do BEFORE hurricane seasons begins.
- Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office or by checking the evacuation site website.
- Put Together an Emergency Kit: Put together a basic emergency. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
- Write or review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the Ready.Gov emergency plan webpage.
- Review Your Insurance Policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property.
- Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
Download the following checklists for your reference in case you ever need to prepare for a tropical storm.
Checklists courtesy of National Weather Service