Hurricane season is underway, and as major storms in the past few years have taught us, it's important to be prepared. Check out our Energy To Go Hurricane Preparedness Guide for steps you can take to prepare your home and family for the possibility of a major storm.
Establish an emergency plan. Make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a storm, including where to go, how to get there, and how to contact one another.
Pack an emergency supply kit. Include a two-week supply of water, non-perishable food for family and pets, essential medications, change of clothes, blankets and sleeping bags, first aid kit, radio, flashlights, extra batteries, plastic tarp and tools.
Hurricanes can cause power outages that last for days, weeks, or even months. While you can't control whether the power goes out, here are some tips for handling a storm-related outage -- even an extended one:
The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30.
Minimize the damage -- and the expenses. Consider homeowners and/or flood insurance to help with the cost of repairs after a storm. Remember flood insurance won't take effect until 30 days after its purchased. In the meantime, you can take these steps to protect your property: