We're entering the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season. Here's what you can do now to prepare, during a storm to survive and after a storm to be safe.
For more information, visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Sign up for local alerts and warnings. Monitor local news and weather reports. Follow Heist Insurance on Facebook for regular updates on local conditions.
If advised to evacuate by local authorities,
Return to the area only after authorities say it is safe to do so. Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals. Be aware of potential for building collapse.
Stock emergency supplies, at least
Set your refrigerator and freezer to the
Discard food in your refrigerator and freezer that has thawed. The Red Cross reports food is unsafe to consume if it is warmer than 40 degrees F.
Prepare to evacuate., know evacuation
For protection from high winds, stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level
Look out for downed or unstable trees, poles, and power lines.
Charge your devices and your portable
Move to higher ground if there is flooding
Do not drink tap water unless authorities say it is safe.
Protect your property. Install sewer
Turn Around Don’t Drown.® Never walk
Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.
Collect and safeguard critical financial,
Call 9-1-1 if you are in life-threatening
Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items. Take photos of any floodwater in your home.
Know your insurance policy coverage,
Monitor news and social media for updates
Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Report claims as soon as possible.