Disaster Plan - Are You Prepared?

I am all too familiar with Hurricanes. I have lived through the
destruction and as an Islander, we zero means of evacuation. We braved the
storms. In the United States, we have many resources to help and many
agencies that can work together in emergency situations. For readiness
tips, please see the attached brochure and please make sure that you are
not in a state of panic but in a state of readiness and preparedness.

As a side note, if there is a named storm that enters the "box" (a term
that insurance companies use) insurance companies will stop writing
policies until that storm leaves the "box." Always recommend securing an
insurance binder as soon as you are under contract to buy a home.

Some other caution tips:

1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags.
Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in
tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between
the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn't crack the
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of
town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don't freeze
your card for out-of-area "suspicious" transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in
sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter
then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you're
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place,
second floor, or safe room if you don't plan on taking them with you.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows
& shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels
is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage
or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early
and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY
PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don't already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to
get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
14. Sandbags are your friend and they are usually given out at county
locations. Check with your county.