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Prepare now, avoid long lines during hurricane warnings

A boat washed to land, on a home's front lawn, during a severe hurricane.Hurricane season comes around every year, but like anniversaries or that project deadline, these storms have a tendency to sneak up on us.

We’ve all been there before, in the endless checkout line, our cart filled with picked-over canned goods just hoping we’ll score that last bag of ice. But stores are already feeling the pressures of coronavirus and that last-minute scramble can quickly turn from stressful to dangerous as people flock to pick-up supplies to weather the storm. 
 
That’s why it’s more important than ever to get a head start on your hurricane preparedness. Preparing now means less crowds and shortages amidst a hurricane warning.

Here are some easy tips to help get you started. 
 

Prepare an Emergency Plan

Put an emergency plan in place and make sure the entire family is familiar and comfortable with it. This is a great activity that the whole family can get involved with on your next rainy day.
 

Assemble your Emergency Kit 

Take the time before a hurricane warning to build your emergency kit. Include the basics such as a first aid kit, canned goods and a manual can opener and customize it to meet your family’s needs. Download our emergency checklist to help you with your shopping list. 
 

Prepare your Yard

Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house during a storm. Make a plan for the items you’ll need to remove or secure in the event of a storm, like patio furniture or your BBQ, and purchase the necessary supplies in advance. 
 
Giving yourself a head start on hurricane preparedness will give you peace of mind and keeps you out of stores during that stressful last-minute scramble.   
 
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November.

Learn more about what you can do before, during and after a hurricane
 

 
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