Be prepared. Stay safe: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014
May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week — a good time to prepare your family, pets, and property for extreme weather situations. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The FTC has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from different aspects of a weather emergency.
Organize your finances. When it comes to preparing for weather emergencies, financial readiness is as important as a flashlight with fully charged batteries. Having your financial documents up-to-date, accessible, and portable can make a big difference at a tense time.
Check your insurance. Find out if any home, health, or other insurance policy you may have will pay for temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, or other items if you are affected by a hurricane.
Floodproof your home. If you've been a victim of a hurricane in the past, or you live where storms are likely, your home may be at risk of flooding. Prepare for the next flood by buying flood insurance and writing a flood response plan; visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for more information. Find out whether you can floodproof your home now.
Plan for your pets. If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, you consider your pet an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals also are affected by disasters. A little planning done today can help ensure safety for you and your pets during a weather emergency.
Bookmark the FTC’s Weather Emergencies site. If a hurricane affects you this year, return to this site for tips on recovery and information about your rights.
Visit the following sites for detailed tips and information to help you prepare for weather emergencies:
- FEMA’s Community and Family Preparedness Program and download the FEMA Smartphone App
- American Red Cross Community Disaster Education and download Red Cross Mobile Apps