Hurricane Season is upon us. Be Prepared!
As Tropical Storm Andrea heads toward Wilmington NC, bringing rain and winds, some of us are realizing we still have a few things to do to prepare for Hurricane Season 2013. It's not too late, but if we don't hustle our bustle it will be! In fact, as I write this the rain has really started to pour and the winds are picking up.
First, please check your insurance coverage. Even if you don't live in a flood zone you need to be certain that you have the right coverage to help you recover should the worst happen. Your insurance professional can help you determine exactly what you need.
How about that list of supplies? In my opinion the best place to start is with this Basic Disaster Supplies Kit. It won't be everything you may need, but it'll get you started. Be sure to have copies of your id's and insurance papers in a water resistant pouch as well.
If you have pets, don't forget their supplies! They'll need enough food and bottled water for 3 days. Don't forget any medications they may need, bowls, leashes, and a cozy blanket.
Be sure to secure all outdoor furniture and yard art. The last thing anyone needs in the middle of a hurricane or tropical storm is one of your pink flamingos flying through their kitchen window.
I admit to being one of "those" people. You know the ones. We put on our rain coats and boots and head down to the beach the minute a storm is announced. I love to watch the waves crashing -- it's exhilarating! But please, Please, PLEASE don't get in the water! Not only are you risking your precious life, but the precious lives of the First Responder's whose job it will be to save you. And if an evacuation order is made -- GO. Grab your loved ones, your Basic Disaster Supplies Kit and JUST GO! Familiarize yourself with the NCDOT Evacuation Maps , print a couple out and keep them with your Disaster Supply Kit. And while you're on the road, remember that everyone else on the road with you is just as nervous and anxious to get to a safe place as you are. Please drive safely and respectfully.
We are so Blessed to call Southeastern NC home, and with those many Blessings come a few not so great things. But by being prepared, you can help insure you and your loved ones will be around to enjoy those Blessings for many years to come!