Hurricane season on the Atlantic coast usually runs from the beginning of June to the end of November. So far this season, we’ve been fortunate to only see on full scale hurricane and a hand full of tropical storms meander their way toward shore. However, as history has shown, it only takes one serious storm to cripple an entire region of the nation.

If you find yourself in a hurricane’s path, there are a few things you can do around the house to help minimize your risks while you wait out the storm, as well as to help better position you for success once the storm is over… But remember, the best thing you can do to prepare for a hurricane is to get clear of the storm well before it makes landfall.

  • Stock up on non-perishable foods well ahead of time
  • Cover windows with plywood (use wood screws, not nails)
  • Store loose gear indoors or tie it down
  • Survey your property for trees or tree limbs that look like they could come down. If possible, deal with them ahead of time. If not, avoid rooms in the house near those threats.
  • Make sure you know how to turn off the gas, electricity, and water in your home.
  • Put together some water storage
  • Shelter in an interior room, away from any windows.