(AP) - Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your property from a hurricane:
Create a family disaster plan:
-- Know your home's vulnerability to the damage a hurricane can do. Monitor hurricane news and recommendations from local authorities and secure your property as appropriate (e.g., in some areas, it may be necessary to board up windows).
-- Check your insurance coverage. (Flood damage isn't usually covered by basic homeowner's insurance.)
-- Locate a room and/or other areas in your home and community where you will be safe.
-- Discuss with your family where you'll meet in case a hurricane strikes when you are scattered away from home.
-- Plan what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
-- Designate an out-of-state relative or friend as a family contact.
-- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phone and make sure your children know how and when to call 9-1-1.
-- Have cash on hand for emergencies.
-- Fill your vehicle's gas tank.
Assemble a supply kit containing:
-- Three-to-seven days worth of food and water (one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable packaged or canned food)
-- A manual can opener and utensils
-- First-aid kit and prescription medications
-- Special items for infants and the elderly
-- Toiletries and hygiene items
-- Extra clothing
-- Blankets and pillows
-- Flashlights and batteries
-- Battery-powered radio
-- Copies of important documents, such as insurance policies, identification, bank records, etc., in waterproof container.
-- Pet care items, including proper identification and immunization records
-- Map of your area
-- Names and locations of places you could go to be safe
-- At work, have a pair of comfortable shoes you could use to walk a long distance if needed.
(Sources: National Hurricane Center, FEMA)
On the Internet:
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov