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Sentinel Weathers the Storm

Hurricane Irma now appears highly likely to impact our area in the early part of next week. While there is no way to accurately predict how much damage we will receive, and where the focus of that damage will be, there are things we can do—today—to protect our homes and mitigate business losses.

Ensure the best possible outcome for your family, home and business by planning effectively for all possible scenarios caused by Hurricane Irma and related flooding and wind damage. This includes business interruption, particularly in the event that the state, or portions of it, remains without power for several days or more.

Disaster Planning for Your Home

First, stock up on the essentials to ride out the storm at home. Your emergency supply kit should include enough non-perishable food, a manual can opener, and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include:

  • Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger or power pack
  • First-aid kit and book
  • Weather radio and batteries
  • Supply of prescription medicines
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Changes of clothes
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant and anti-bacterial wipes or gel
  • Cash and change
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records
  • Books, games or playing cards

Next, make and rehearse plans for where to go and what to do during and after the hurricane. The plan should include details about where to meet, how to get in touch with one another, evacuation plans, what to do with pets and how to notify employers/employees after an emergency.