Hurricane season is already upon us, and its strongest point has yet to arrive. Hurricanes approaching our area undergo an extensive transition. This results in an increase in the storm’s energy, which can cause significant damage to homes, vehicles and businesses. Although hurricanes are not common in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, it is important to be prepared in the event that they do occur.
As hurricane season peaks during August and September, we at Soucy Insurance want you to be prepared. We have listed some emergency preparedness tips that will keep you and your family safe in the event of a storm.
1. Prepare your home prior to knowing a storm is approaching – Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant. Additionally, you should:
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
2. Build an emergency supply kit – This should include the following items:
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days) for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Cell phone with chargers
3. Be alert for the “eye” of the storm – It may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.
4. Be aware of flooding following the storm – Hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods will often cause some of the most destructive results.
Most areas in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are marked with low-to-moderate levels for flood risk. However, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), almost 25% of all flood insurance claims arise from these areas. Be sure to take the necessary precautions this hurricane season. Call Soucy Insurance today at (401) 762-2218 to protect all that matters to you most.