The 2012 hurricane season starts next Friday (
“Now’s the time to get emergency kits and evacuation plans in order, and to perform the repairs and maintenance needed to protect your home,” said
This is a great time of year to inspect your roof, siding, foundation and basement to identify areas that need to be repaired or replaced, Murphy said. “You may also want to consider home improvement projects that will strengthen your roof, protect your windows and doors and secure soffits and vents to prevent water from getting inside during a storm.”
But even routine maintenance – like trimming back dead trees and branches and making sure your gutters and downspouts are clear – can help, Murphy said. And if a hurricane is forecast, secure your home and yard as much as possible in advance. Bring lawn furniture, ornaments and toys inside. Secure grills, roofs, windows, doors, garage doors and other areas that are susceptible to wind damage.
Here are some other tips
• Make sure you have an emergency supply kit. It should include first aid supplies, as well as nonperishable food and bottled water. Don’t forget a flashlight with extra batteries.
• Prepare an evacuation plan so your family knows what to do and where to go if a severe storm is heading your way. In fact, if told to evacuate, do so immediately. And make sure your family knows how to reach you after a storm, so everyone knows you’re safe.
• Keep a list of emergency numbers handy, including those of family members, friends and neighbors.
• Have a hurricane plan for your pets. Know where to bring them if you have to evacuate. Remember, many shelters don’t accept pets.
• Create an inventory of your belongings in case you need to file a claim. Take photos or a video, or use the handy home inventory feature on the Amica mobile app.
• Review your insurance policy to see if you’re covered for flooding and other storm-related damage.
Visit the Amica Storm Center for dozens of safety tips and checklists explaining what to do before, during and after a hurricane or major storm. The
“Being prepared for a hurricane, or any other severe weather, is the best way to protect our families and our homes,” Murphy said. “Hurricane Preparedness Week is a great time to make sure you’re ready for any storm.”
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