If there’s one thing that the 2017 hurricane season taught everyone, it’s the need to be prepared. It was a busy season last year. Brownsville just narrowly missed getting hit by a hurricane while other areas in the United States got hit more than once. You just can’t predict if a hurricane will be added your way this year. As a result, make sure that you’re ready. Here are some tips to make sure that you are.

Plan, plan, plan

Perform an assessment of your home or business to identify any vulnerabilities. Figure out when and to where to evacuate and locate a good place to seek shelter within your home or business if you are unable to evacuate.

Supplies

Check your generator if you have one. Make sure you have a flashlight and plenty of batteries in multiple sizes. Stock up on some canned goods and fill up some water jugs, about three days’ worth. Don’t forget a can opener that doesn’t need electricity. Make sure any medicines, pet food, children’s activities, first aid kit and anything else you might consider an essential item are at the ready.

Communication

Make sure you have contact information for important people in your life (employees, family, close friends) as well as emergency contacts for those people. Don’t forget to also have contact numbers for local and state law enforcement; medical and fire services; your insurance carriers; and the National Weather Service.

Prepare Your Building

Clean any drainage systems and gutters. Board up or shutter windows. Back up data on your computers. Be aware of any leaks or damage caused by the storm. Have a tree near a power line? Contact BPUB at 956-983-6201 or visit the BPUB website to see if it’s eligible for a free tree trimming.

First Aid

Make sure everyone in your family or at your business knows first aid and CPR techniques. Assign people specific roles in the event of a disaster or emergency.

Protecting equipment in an outage

If there is a power outage, turn switches off until the power returns. When power is first restored, that quick surge of electricity could damage sensitive equipment, like computers and air conditioners.

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