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Hurricane Season - Coming Soon!

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May 15, 2015

With the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season set to start on June 1st, Colorado State University researchers have forecast that hurricane activity will be less active than normal, with seven named storms, three hurricanes, and one major hurricane. Despite this prediction, you should not let your guard down.

Although National Hurricane Preparedness Week is officially May 24 - 30 this year; we encourage you to take steps now to ensure that your home is prepared! Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before, during and after a storm.

BEFORE A HURRICANE

At the beginning of hurricane season:

  • Establish a preparedness plan that takes prevention, emergencies, and communication into consideration
  • Inspect all battery powered equipment and backup power
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts
  • Inspect sewers and drains
  • Check all drainage pumps
  • Inspect the roof and flashing for serviceability
  • Check the landscaping; prune dead branches
  • Have a supply of plastic or tarpaulins on hand to cover water-sensitive equipment

At the approach of a hurricane:

  • Inspect roof drains and piping - floor drains and sump-pump; are they clear of debris and fully functional?
  • Check all storm water catch basins and grates to be sure they are clear of debris
  • Top off fuel in the emergency generator; test run
  • Move supplies stored outside to inside storage
  • Protect vital records against flooding

DURING A HURRICANE

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors
  • Close all interior doors - secure and brace external doors
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object
  • Avoid elevators

AFTER A HURRICANE

  • Assess the damage
  • Check for safety hazards (downed tree branches, downed power lines, leaking gas, blocked roof drains, displaced reptiles)
  • Make temporary repairs to protect the structure and supplies
  • Photograph and document any damage - contact your insurance agent or company to report any damages found
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges

 

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