How To Prepare For The 2021 Hurricane Season

Dated: June 1 2021

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How to Prepare for the 2021 Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the first day of the 2021 hurricane season that lasts through the end of November. This year’s hurricane season is predicted to have above-average activity. People living in the East Coast and Lowcountry areas should take the time to prepare for the chance of hurricanes in order to keep themselves, their families, and their assets protected. Use this checklist to make sure you’ve covered all your bases as the 2021 season begins!


  1. Make sure you subscribe to severe weather updates from services like the National Weather Service or FEMA. Having a way to stay up to date on all warnings and developing storms can provide you and your family with time to prepare ahead of storms heading in your direction. 


  1. Review and update all important documents. Check to make sure your insurance plans are up to date to prepare for any storm damage, especially if you live on the coast where wind is likely to be stronger during storms. Take an inventory of your property so you know what would need to be replaced in the case of a disaster and how much it’s worth. Make sure all personal IDs are updated as well, and make secure, digital copies of these important documents in the case of a flood. 


  1. Know your family emergency plan. Find out if you’re in an evacuation zone and learn your evacuation routes. Do you have family or friends living in a more inland area you could stay with if you have to evacuate? Call them and see if you can make them part of your emergency plan. If someone in your household has disabilities, identify if they will need additional help in the case of an emergency. 


  1. Gather supplies that may be needed. Before any anticipated storms, make sure to have enough prescription medication for at least a week or two. Over time, begin slowly stocking up on necessities that may not be available in the case of severe weather. This includes cash, a change of clothes, toilet paper, batteries, flashlights, water bottles, toiletries, masks, disinfectants, first aid kit, local map, wireless phone charger, a on-perishable three day food supply, and pet supplies. Try to fit everything in one or two tubs or duffel bags, and make sure it can fit in the trunk of your vehicle. 


  1. Prepare your home for severe weather. Sealing your windows and doors can prepare your home for large amounts of rain. You can also check your roof to make sure it is in good condition, has no leaks, and is reinforced. Make sure to clean your gutters out of all debris. Check your porch and yard for clutter that could be a projectile in severe weather. Get rid of items you no longer use. 


Hurricane season lasts until November 30th for the Tybee Island and Savannah areas. Though this region is generally mildly affected by hurricanes, all it takes is one hit to leave your family devastated. Please make sure you are taking the necessary steps to be prepared and safe this season!

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Jenny Rutherford

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