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Prepare Now For Hurricane Season

March 29, 2024

While the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn’t begin until June 1st, there are many steps you can take to prepare. Whether the forecast calls for a few storms or a busy season, it takes only one tropical system for there to be life-threatening conditions.

  • If you or someone you know requires special needs evacuation assistance, it takes only a few moments to register for this service. Doing this now will give you peace of mind should a storm threaten our coast.
  • If you don’t need assistance, now is the time to plan for where you will go if you must evacuate. Going to a friend’s or relative’s home in a non-evacuation zone will be more comfortable than staying in a shelter.
  • Go through your list of important contacts and ensure you have their most updated information. Include neighbors, your doctors, and other important services in case it becomes vital to reach them.
  • Make a list of all prescriptions and over the counter medications you take. List their names, dosing instructions, who prescribed them, and at which pharmacy you have them filled. Have a plan to keep your prescriptions with you should you evacuate.
  • If you plan to use unfamiliar equipment – such as generators or chainsaws – to recover from a storm, take the time to read the instructions and learn how to use them now. Many people are injured using this equipment during the stressful days after a storm passes. If you plan to use a generator, be sure to buy a carbon monoxide detector.

While we hope that the 2024 Hurricane Season passes without incident, it is important to prepare as if we will be affected. Having your plans in place now will prevent stress later this year.  

Learn more about making your hurricane preparations at our website.

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