Here are some tips and websites to help keep your home and family safe.
CREATE A PLAN
Designate specific meeting locations, emergency contacts, and procedures and make sure everyone in your household is aware of those plans.
Use the following checklists and plans to get started:
• American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist
• Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan
• National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan
MAKE A KIT
Organize a supply kit that includes essentials like food, clothing, water, a flashlight, and a radio. Be sure to include items specific to your family like medications and copies of important documents. Keep your kit updated and located somewhere where you can easily access it.
PROTECT YOUR HOME
Consider which parts of your home are most susceptible to storm damage. Secure any items that cannot sustain high winds and reinforce fragile components like windows.
Be aware of current storm systems. Listen closely to local officials and weather services for updated news and instructions on evacuation efforts.
This article originally appeared on Coastalliving.com