Happy Hurricane Preparedness Week!
Day 1 (May 9): Determine Your Risk – As we kick-off National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we want all of our residents to take the time to determine your hurricane risks. Whether you live on the coast or inland, preparing for a hurricane is important in both environments. For more tips on hurricane preparation, visit https://gema.georgia.gov/hurricanes.
Day 2 (May 10): Develop an Evacuation Plan – If an incoming hurricane requires you to evacuate, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with Georgia evacuation routes, especially if you live in a coastal area. Georgia’s evacuation routes can be found here: http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/Hurricane
Day 3 (May 11): Assemble Disaster Supplies – Not sure what all to put in your Ready kit for a potential hurricane, especially in the midst of the pandemic? Visit https://gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia/build-kit for the recommended items list.
Day 4 (May 12): Secure an Insurance Checkup – Did you know standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding? Doing the research and calling your agent ahead a disaster can save you the headache later. For more information, check out our website here: https://gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia/make-plan/insurance-planning
Day 5 (May 13): Strengthen Your Home – Covering your windows with plywood and keeping all trees surrounding your house trimmed are both simple, but necessary tips in strengthening your home for an incoming hurricane. Lightning is the #2 weather-related killer in Georgia, behind tornadoes. More hurricane preparation tips can be found here: https://gema.georgia.gov/hurricanes.
Day 6 (May 14): Help Your Neighbor – When an emergency occurs, your neighbor is at times the first person you come in contact with afterwards. There are ways you and your neighbors can prepare together if a major hurricane hits your neighborhood. Check out the graphic below for more information.
Day 7 (May 15): Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan – \Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Make a plan today with your family, friends, or household. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Take the time now to write out a hurricane plan with your loved ones. Click here for the downloadable plan. https://gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia/make-plan