Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

By US Daily Review Staff.

With the Atlantic hurricane season now under way, people on the various coastlines that are subject to such storms should always be prepared for the possibility of severe weather.

“Last year, the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee brought historic flooding and destruction to the state,” said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Glenn M. Cannon, who noted that two unusually early tropical storms formed during May. “Everyone should take advantage of this ‘calm before the storm’ to prepare for severe weather.”

Families should prepare for two scenarios in the event of severe weather: to remain in their homes during the duration of a storm, or to evacuate if it is recommended or ordered by local authorities.

Residents should always have enough provisions in their homes to last at least 72 hours because help from emergency responders may not be immediately available when severe weather strikes.

Other disaster preparedness supplies to have at the ready include:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries;
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries;
  • First aid kit and manual;
  • Emergency food and water;
  • Non-electric can opener;
  • Essential medicines/prescriptions;
  • Cash, credit cards and important legal documents; and
  • Sturdy shoes.

If residents are ordered by local officials to evacuate, they should do so without hesitating and should take important documents with them, including:

  • Checkbooks;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Credit card information;
  • Birth certificates;
  • Social Security cards; and
  • Other forms and documents proving ownership/identity.

“Planning what you and your family would do and how you would communicate before and during an emergency makes sense because ultimately, it could save the lives of those you love,” Cannon said.

Cannon noted that the beginning of hurricane season is a good time to review insurance policies for adequate coverage on property.

Early preparation is important because flood insurance policies generally require 30 days before taking effect.

Unlike wind damage, damage caused by rising water is not covered by homeowners or business insurance policies. Flood insurance coverage must be purchased separately. Most insurance companies and licensed insurance agents handle flood insurance policies.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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