Keeping an Eye on Tropical Storm Isaac

We’re keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Isaac out in the Atlantic Ocean. We’re waiting to see what the storm is going to do. Although Isaac has been looking a bit unorganized, the projections right now indicate that it may become a Category 1 hurricane.

It pays to be prepared. Often, it’s not the hurricane that causes all of the damage, it’s the tornadoes that spawn off the storm and the blankets of rain that follow, that wreak the most havoc.

National Hurricane Center - Tropical Storm Isaac

Visit the National Hurricane Website for more information.

Did you know that Florida offers aFREE emergency family or business plan in the event of a hurricane? It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the paperwork. The plan will outline the following information:

>Your family meeting location and out of town contact information

>List of evacuation routes

>A plan for family members with or without a disability

>A kid and pet items supply checklist

>A supply checklist for food, water, ice and first aid kit items

>Fill up all your vehicles with gas

>Go to the bank and get cash

>Your local emergency contact information

>Checklist of things to do before and after a disaster

Remember to:

>Get a supply checklist for food, water, ice and first aid kit items

>Fill up all your vehicles with gas

>Fill up your propane tanks

>Go to the bank and get cash

>Buy flashlights, batteries, candles and matcheslll

It’s a great time to review your insurance policy and to take photos or videos of all of the belongings in and around your home.

In the event of an upcoming hurricane, you may find the Family and Business plan useful.

Preparing ahead saves lives and property.

A couple of ways to protect your home from hurricanes are:

If a storm is heading your direction, cover your windows with hurricane shutters or plywood.

Go up on your roof, or have someone go up there for you, and check to be sure that you have no loose shingles. If you do, fasten them. You don’t want your roof compromised during a storm.

Check your soffits and fascia. If they have become loose, be sure to get them tightly fastened. This will keep horizontal rain from getting up under this area.

Seal any small openings, cracks or holes you may have on your home. Look for holes where cables, pipes and wires enter the home. Seal around dryer vents, bath and kitchen vents and lights. Seal around your electric box or circuit panel. You don’t want the pounding rain penetrating any of the weak areas of your home.

Check outside. Trim back trees and loose limbs from house. Pick up all yard debris and anything that can become a projectile should a storm come.

Try to stay dry and be safe.

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