Hurricane planning can help residents stay safe during and after a storm

By Marian Johns | | Aug 8, 2018

The article suggests having a "bug out" bag in case of a quick evacuation.   File photo

Gulf state residents from Texas to Florida and all along our nation's coasts are often a bit on edge from June through the end of November as they prepare for possible hurricanes. 

A recent Kin Insurance blog post "How to Prepare for A Hurricane" reminds residents in those hurricane-prone areas that having a plan and emergency supplies can ease that tension and help keep you safe before and after a storm. 

The article discusses having a hurricane plan that includes your evacuation routes, knowing locations of shelters, or planning ahead about which family or friends to stay with and what items you will need to take with you. It's especially important to plan ahead if you have a pet.

The next step is to gather your supplies, but don't wait too long, the article reminds residents. 

"While we understand the desire to procrastinate, remember that stores quickly sell out of supplies like water, flashlights and canned goods when a storm is approaching," the blog post states. Things on your hurricane supply list should include at least a week's supply of water and canned food, flashlights, extra batteries, matches and even spare gasoline, according to the blog post. 

The article also suggests having a "bug out" bag in case of a quick evacuation that includes clothes, food, blankets, prescriptions, cash, first-aid kit and multiple copies of important documents such as birth certificates and insurance papers. 

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