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Hurricane Season Guidance

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Continuity Company’s Hurricane Season Guidance for both individuals and businesses can be located below. Click on the appropriate tab for the information you need. Before the hurricane, during the hurricane and after the hurricane.

All the information is current for 2013 hurricane season guidance. If you need more specific information or have more questions about preparing your business for hurricane season please contact us and we will be happy to help you design an effective hurricane season mitigation program.

Hurricane Season Guidance for Individuals

 Before a Hurricane

icon-warningflag  Make an emergency kit for your home and go-bags for each of your family members and pets.

icon-warningflag  Include battery powered radio and flashlights with extra batteries.

icon-warningflag  Establish a family communications plan with an out-of-state contact in case you become separated.

icon-warningflag  Learn your community hurricane plans and evacuation routes. Locate shelters and higher ground.

icon-warningflag  Learn and know your surroundings. The community, neighborhood, and home. Plan multiple escape routes.

icon-warningflag  Find out if your home is in a flood zone or flood prone area.

icon-warningflag  Learn the elevation of your property and watch and listen to information about tidal flooding and storm surges. Will you be above or below the forecast inundations?

icon-warningflag  Identify levees and dams in your area and determine if they will impact you if they are breached or damaged.

icon-warningflag  Make plans to secure your property include in and around your home.

icon-warningflag  Cover all windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection. An alternative option is to use 5/8” marine plywood. Have them cut to fit and ready to install over the windows prior to a storm approaching.

icon-warningflag  Tape will not prevent windows from breaking.

icon-warningflag  Reduce potential roof damage by installing straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame.

icon-warningflag  Trim trees and shrubs so they are more resistant to wind.

icon-warningflag  Reinforce garage doors.

icon-warningflag  Bring all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything not tied down.

icon-warningflag  Remove debris from all gutters and downspouts.

icon-warningflag  Consider building a safe room.

icon-warningflag  Install and learn proper use of a generator for backup power.

icon-warningflag  Learn shelter procedures if you’re in a high-rise or apartment building.

icon-warningflag  Review and update insurance coverage if you can.

During a Hurricane

icon-warningflag  Listen to the radio and television for updated information.

icon-warningflag  If told to do so, turn off utilities. Otherwise turn your refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep the doors closed.

icon-warningflag  Turn off propane tanks.

icon-warningflag  Avoid making phone calls, except for emergencies.

icon-warningflag  Ensure you have a water supply and fill bathtubs and containers with water.

icon-warningflag  Listen for evacuation warnings. If told to evacuate you should do so.

icon-warningflag  Stay indoors and away from glass windows and doors.

icon-warningflag  Close all internal doors and brace external doors.

icon-warningflag  Keep curtains and blinds closed.

icon-warningflag  Move to a small interior room such as a closet, or hallway.

icon-warningflag  Lie on the floor under a table or sturdy object.

icon-warningflag  If you are on a lower level, basement or sub-basement be ready to move as storm surges can move in very quickly.

icon-warningflag  Be ready to evacuate to a higher portion of the building or attic. Keep tools handy should the need arise to cut your way out through the roof.

icon-warningflag  Avoid elevators.

After a Hurricane

icon-warningflag Continue to monitor a NOAA weather radio or listen to the radio or TV for updates.

icon-warningflag Stay alert – rainfall and flooding may occur even after the initial storm has passed.

icon-warningflag If you evacuated your home, return only when officials say it is safe to do so. The storm may have passed, but roadways and bridges may be impassable, power lines may be down and flooding may still be present.

icon-warningflag If you become separated from family call your out of state contact and follow your plan to reunite. You should also visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well site: www.safeandwell.org

icon-warningflag If you need shelter and have immediate housing needs you can text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

icon-warningflag For long term housing needs you can apply online via FEMA.gov or visit a FEMA site.

icon-warningflag Drive only when and where necessary. Avoid flooded roadways, washed out or weakened bridges and downed power lines and areas officials warn you not to enter.

icon-warningflag Stay out of any building that has an odor of gas, floodwaters around the building or if the home is damaged by fire or red tagged. Wait for the authorities to give you clearance that it is safe to enter. If you have any doubts about safety have the building inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.

icon-warningflag Inspect your home and property for damage. Take pictures of any damage and debris to the building and contents for insurance and damage claims.

icon-warningflag Use battery powered flashlights in the dark, and turn them on outside to reduce creating a spark that could ignite any gas leaks. DO NOT use candles.

icon-warningflag Keep an eye on children and pets. Wild animals and poisonous snakes may be hidden among the debris. Use sticks to poke around before reaching in and moving anything.

icon-warningflag Do not let children or pets play in standing water after a storm. Standing waters usually contain toxic material including mixtures of fuel, household chemicals, and human waste.

icon-warningflag Avoid drinking and using tap water to make food until you are certain it is not contaminated. Listen for orders to boil water after a storm in your area.

icon-warningflag Check refrigerated food for spoilage. When in doubt, throw it out.

icon-warningflag Always wear protective clothing during cleanups and be careful to avoid any injuries.

icon-warningflag Remember to use the telephone only for emergencies.

icon-warningflag If you use a generator be sure to keep it outside the home and well ventilated. Do not run it in your garage or inside the home. Be sure to shut it off, and if possible let it cool down before refueling.

icon-warningflag Start and keep a log book of everything you do and all conversations with people. It will be handy later when making a claim or if you need to remember something later.

icon-warningflag Track all expenses – everything. In the beginning you may not know what expenses are important to you. So track everything.

icon-warningflag Make sure that you check certifications of anyone who offers to work on your home or property. Even if it is to remove the debris.

icon-warningflag You’ll need to cover cost of cleanup, or have insurance cover it so estimating how much debris will also be important.

Hurricane Season Guidance for Businesses

 Before a Hurricane

Hurricane Warning Flag  Make and develop a well defined recovery plan.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Establish a communications plan to stay in contact with employees, vendors, clients and stakeholders.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Evaluate if your vendors have plans and if they can support you after a major storm or other crisis.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Evaluate your insurance to ensure proper coverage if you have not already done so. Does cover your needs and risks?

Hurricane Warning Flag  Learn if your building or property is in an area that will be impacted by storm surge or tidal flooding. Take necessary precautions.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Build an emergency kit.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Check your building and property for small items that can’t be tied down and bring them indoors.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Secure any items too big to bring indoors to prevent them from becoming projectiles during a storm.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Cover all windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection. An alternative option is to use 5/8” marine plywood. Have them cut to fit and ready to install over the windows prior to a storm approaching.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Trim trees and shrubs on your property so they are more resistant to wind.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Check and test generators if you have them.

Hurricane Warning Flag Monitor radio and TV for instructions from authorities.

Hurricane Warning Flag  Evacuate if told to do so.

Additional Hurricane Season Guidance Information

Our Hurricane Season Guidance is designed to provide you with specific actionable steps you can take to protect your home and business.

Hurricanes are the largest and most powerful storms on the face of the earth. They produce strong sustained winds, heavy rains, storm surges and of course flooding. All of which can wreck havoc in the impacted areas. From knocking out power, making roadways impassable, destroying coastal buildings and infrastructure to forcing the closure of businesses. In some cases permanently.

If you own or operate a business and you’re located in an area that can be impacted by a hurricanes. It is extremely important that you prepare for the potential impacts a storm may have on your business operations.

You can use the Storm Surge Simulator  to asses the impact a storm surge would impact you directly.

Should you need assistance or still remain uncertain about our Hurricane Season Guidance please Contact Us immediately so we can help you prepare today.

Continuity Co., LLC – “Preparing You Today, For The Unexpected Tomorrow”™   877-565-8324

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