How To Prepare for Hurricane Season in New England
Though the 2015 hurricane season has been 90% below normal in terms of activity, the threat of deadly storms is still in play for the Atlantic Coast through November 30th. As history has proven, these storms should be taken seriously and properly prepared for to prevent significant losses and damages.
In 2011 Tropical Storm Irene took many New Englanders by surprise by devastating in-landers with immense rainfall that caused horrendous flooding and ultimately reshaped much of Vermont’s landscape. The flooding destroyed thousands of infrastructures, homes, businesses and property that cost New Englanders millions of dollars.
A scattering of storms in the late 1990’s delivered devastating winds and ruinous rainfall that ravaged many parts of New England, New Hampshire and Vermont. These storms and others like them are responsible for more than half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the entire United States.
In order to prevent damages and destruction like those caused by storms in the past, it’s essential that all New Englanders take the proper precautionary measures in the event of a potential hurricane or tropical storm. To stay safe and prevent damages during this hurricane season and future seasons to come, consider following these steps:
- Determine whether or not you live in a potential flood zone. If you do, in fact, live in a flood zone, get a flood insurance policy as soon as possible.
- Develop a flood emergency action plan with the members of your household. This should include an evacuation route to higher ground.
- Create a disaster supply kit that includes food, water, a battery-powered radio, vital medications, flashlights, extra batteries and other essential items. Make sure it’s waterproof!
- Be sure to check local, up-to-date forecasts from weather sources in your area, especially when a tropical storm or hurricane is forecasted for your area. This will give you a better understanding of the impact the storm is expected to make.
- Stay tuned to National Weather Services and strongly adhere to all flood watches and warnings.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately using your pre-arranged escape route and evacuation plan. If an evacuation is predicted, prepare an evacuation kit complete with items like a change of clothes, toiletries, medications and other essentials. Again, be sure it’s waterproof.
- During an evacuation, never attempt to cross a flooded road. More than half of all flood-related drownings occur when driving a vehicle into hazardous flood water.
By following these seven tips, you can be better prepared in the event of a hurricane, tropical storm or flooding situation. With the hurricane season still in full-force it’s advisable to take the precautionary measures for any potentially dangerous situation.
For more information on protecting you and your home with flood insurance, or for more information regarding general insurance needs, visit Taylor-Moore Agency, today. With free quotes and unbeatable rates, Taylor-Moore offers the best insurance services in the New England area.