After the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, most of us know what to expect and how to prepare. But many wonderful families have moved to the Bay Area this year and we would like to give a few tips on how to prepare your home and family for a hurricane. Please feel free to share any tips you’ve learned from past storms.
Talk with your insurance broker about what you need to do to prepare for a hurricane in order for your policy to cover damage caused by a hurricane or flood.
Make a complete list of all your possessions or take pictures inside and outside your home.
Collect outdoor items from the yard and bring them inside when you hear a hurricane advisory. These will become flying projectiles in the high winds, and can get swept away by floodwaters if your house is near the coast.
Fill Your tank with gas in case you decide to evacuate.
Have cash on hand to purchase items when credit/debit cards cannot be electronically processed.
Purchase: water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, battery operated fans, and first aid kit.
Store extra sets of clothes in a waterproof container for each family member.
Move all valuables: family pictures, electronics, and paperwork into waterproof storage containers to the upper floors of your home.
Have prescription medications on hand if by chance your pharmacy is closed.
Games to entertain if the electricity goes out: board games, cards, and books.
Prepare to need: garbage bags, work gloves, tools, masks, and rain boots.