Hurricane Preparedness

As part of our Philanthropy for Business program, we are here to provide awareness and resources to businesses and their employees to prepare for a potential disaster. When Hurricane Harvey left a trail of $125 billion in damage, we assisted 3,200 employees and their families with more than $3.3 million to rebuild their lives. See the Area Foundation’s Philanthropy for Business section to find out more about our disaster relief programs.

Preparing for Hurricane Season: What You Need to Know

Hurricane season is around the corner and now is the time to prepare. As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the Area Foundation would like to share these key tips.

Determine Your Risk Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. The storm’s impact can be felt hundreds of miles inland. Determine the types of potential hazards that could occur where you live, and prepare now.

Develop an Evacuation Plan  Determine where you will go and how you will get there if you need to evacuate quickly.  Include alternative routes in case of road closures. Remember to include pets and large animals (i.e. livestock) in your plan. Visit Find Your Evacuation Zone for more information.

Assemble a Disaster Kit  Plan to have at minimum three-day supply of food, water, and medications on hand.  Electricity and water may be out for several days, so be sure to include extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may want to include a portable crank or solar powered USB charger for items such as cell phones. More details on want to include in your disaster kit can be found here.

Get an Insurance Checkup Typically, standard homeowners’ insurance does not cover flooding, so whether you own or rent, you will need a separate policy. Also, be sure to include your car or boat on the policy and remember, it usually takes 30 days for a policy to become active. You can find flood insurance through your insurance company or at floodsmart.gov.

Strengthen Your Home There are many things you can do to help protect your home from winds and flooding that won’t cost a lot or take a lot of time to complete. Check out tips and videos to ensure your home is hurricane ready.

Help Your Neighbor Many Americans rely on the assistance of neighbors before and during hurricanes.  Start the conversation with your neighbors and learn more about the actions you both can take to prepare and recover from hurricane hazards.

Complete a Written Plan Writing your plan not only helps you avoid mistakes when faced with an emergency but also ensures everyone in your home is prepared. Check out these tips for writing your plan


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