Hurricane Preparedness Tips from Plymouth Rock
"Be Prepared" - Words to Live By.
With the unpredictability of the weather in New England and the possibility that Hurricane Sandy could head this way early next week – it just makes sense to take steps to ensure your safety and secure your property. Two very important things that you can do are:
- Develop a Family Emergency Plan
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit
To help jumpstart your preparations we have developed a quick “to do” list on the chance that Sandy swings this way.
Things You Can Do in Preparation for a Hurricane.
- Trim trees to reduce potential damage from falling limbs.
- Clean rain gutters and keep them free of debris.
- Make sure windows and doors are secure – if applicable (you are close to the water) and feasible cover glass and skylights with plywood.
What to Do Before the Storm Hits.
- Remove valuables (e.g. electronics and breakables)that are near windows.
- Move furniture and electronic devices off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels; this can be done by placing furniture on blocks, and electronics on shelves or on top of furniture.
- Bring lighter-weight outdoor items indoors, such as trash cans, patio furniture, plants and toys. Secure other objects that could be picked up by the wind.
- If possible put your vehicle in a garage or on higher ground. Avoid parking it under a tree or on a low-lying street where it could be damaged by water.
- Make sure that heavy items such as a boat or motorcycle are stored properly; follow same general guidelines as with your car. If your boat stays in the water, tie it down securely and remove the motor and any small objects.
- If you haven’t already done so, you should photograph your home and belongings to establish a baseline in case of damage (make a pre-storm home video!)
- Evacuate if you feel it is necessary to protect yourself and your family. Always comply with mandatory evacuations by civil authorities.
What to Do After the Storm.
- If you evacuated, listen to the radio (be sure to double check batteries!) or TV news stations and wait until the area is declared safe before returning.
- When you return home, don't turn on the power right away if the area or your home is flooded. Have an electrician inspect your home first. You should have your gas lines inspected — avoid open flames or candles until you do. Also, have the plumbing checked.
- Record or photograph any damage to your home and belongings — before repairs are made or claims are filed. Protect your property from further damage and keep all receipts for these costs.
For more information on creating a Family Emergency Plan and an Emergency Supply Kit, please visit:
Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation provides auto insurance to personal and commercial auto insurance customers in MA and CT. Plymouth Rock is the flagship carrier of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and homeowner’s insurance throughout the northeast.