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How to Make Sure You’re Prepared for a Hurricane

Hurricanes can take people by surprise. They can also be projected days or weeks in advance, as is the case with Hurricane Irma. With Irma expected to hit later this week, it’s important that people in the south and along the East Coast are prepared. Here are five things you can do now to make sure you are ready, should Category 5 Irma hit with ferocity.

Keep an Eye on the News

Presumably, you know about Irma because you have been watching or reading the news. Don’t stop watching because you believe that you won’t be hearing anything new. While the forecasters may be repeating the same information right now, that information can change at the drop of a hat. Keep an eye on the news so you know what’s coming.

Listen For Instructions

As Irma gets closer, local officials may give instructions. These may include evacuation orders, road closures or to seek shelter. Listen to the instructions that are given and follow them. Do not assume that you know better than the officials.

Purchase Supplies

Don’t be one of those people who waits to buy supplies until the last minute. You will find yourself in long lines and paying a premium, if you can find any at all. Stock up on supplies now. Make sure you have at least a week’s worth of water for each person in the home and enough food to last for that length of time. You will want food that doesn’t have to be heated or cooked in case electricity is lost.

Purchase Flood Insurance

If you don’t already have it, purchase flood insurance. Too many people in Texas were taken by surprise when flood waters climbed their walls. People without flood insurance will be paying for the damage caused by the rising waters out of pocket.

Plan for Evacuation

Make a plan in the event evacuation orders are given. You should know where your family would go, where your pets will go and how you will reunite with your family members should you become separated. Know the location of several shelters in case the route to one is blocked or the shelter becomes full.

There is currently no conclusive knowledge of where Hurricane Irma will make landfall. The best case scenario is that you prepare for a storm that doesn’t hit. Trying to prepare at the last minute is a mistake. When you are ready for the storm, you and your family are better able to stay safe.

If you are injured in DeKalb County due to someone’s error or negligence, you may have the legal right to compensation. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. Our experienced attorneys will review the details of your case and advise you of your options for compensation. Reach out to our team now.

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