Hurricane Season 2019: Expected to be a Near-Normal Season, but Still be Cautious and Prepare
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2019’s hurricane season is expected to be a near-normal one. NOAA forecasters have revealed that activity from El Niño will limit the intensity of 2019’s hurricane season.
Despite this positive news, our insurance agency in McAllen would still like to stress the importance of being prepared for severe weather during this season. You and your family can prepare by taking several precautions and even securing an insurance policy with our help!
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Preparing Your Home
Preparing your home for severe weather might take some heavy-duty work but believe us when we say that it’s well worth it. You’ll first want to secure the windows. You can do this by boarding them up with plywood to protect them from flying debris. Since hurricanes are high-wind storms, even the smallest piece of debris like a twig or roof shingle can easily shatter a window. If plywood isn’t an option, thick tarp can also work.
If you live in a low-lying area, then you’ll definitely need sandbags to prevent indoor flooding. The great thing about sandbags is that they’ll almost always be given away for free by your local government if your city is expected to be hit by a hurricane or if high amounts of rain are in the forecast. Pile these bags up around your front and back doors.
Lastly, secure any non-grounded belongings. This can include clearing out backyard furniture and smaller items like potted plants and decorations. Place them inside the house or in a shed. If certain items are too heavy, then you can cover them up in tarp to prevent damage from flying debris.
Keeping Your Family Safe
As for you and your family, here are a few things you can do to stay safe once a storm makes landfall in your area:
- Gather a few days’ worth of bottled water and canned foods.
- Keep several packs of batteries to use for a radio to stay up-to-date on weather forecasts.
- Keep candles handy since electricity will most likely be lost in the storm.
- Only use mobile devices for emergencies.
- Immediately clean up any broken glass from windows.
- If you and your family would much rather feel safer in a shelter, then make your way to one. Your local news should broadcast a list of shelters near you.
Although hurricane season has already begun, it’s not too late to secure an insurance policy if you haven’t already. Our insurance agents will be more than happy to find a policy that fits your needs and budget. We work with countless insurers that offer hurricane coverage, so feel free to ask us which will be best for you. Contact our insurance agency in McAllen today to get started!
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