Bringing high winds that are devastatingly destructive — hurricanes can cause tornadoes, floods and landslides. The best defense against being affected by a storm's destruction is finding a balance between prediction and preparation. Use the following tips to help prepare for the hurricane season:
Do some homework
- Find out if you live in an at-risk area, and make a note of when hurricane season occurs — that is June through November.
- Watch the weather forecast daily for storm alerts.
- Learn the local evacuation routes, and sign up for alerts offered by your local emergency management agency.
- Create a family emergency plan for shelter.
- Ensure your family has a communication plan in the event of an emergency evacuation.
- Keep a first-aid kit on hand.
- Stock up with supplies such as non-perishable food and water in case your home has a power outage.
Protect your home
- Keep your property safe — trim or remove damaged trees before hurricane season.
- Reduce the risk of property damage by securing and reinforcing windows, as well as exterior doors and garage doors.
- To prevent water damage to your property — clear and secure rain gutters.
- Keep an up-to-date emergency kit.
- Purchase a portable generator and/or other alternate power/heat sources and — store outside at least 20 feet away from the exterior of your house, and protect it from moisture — NEVER plug a generator into a wall unit.
About NJM Insurance Company's Commitment to Safety
NJM is a leader in personal and commercial auto, homeowners, and workers' compensation insurance. Founded more than a century ago, we have earned a reputation for service, integrity and financial stewardship. NJM's enduring commitment to safety can be traced back to our earliest days — with a focus that has expanded from improving conditions in manufacturing facilities to helping keep customers safe on our roads and at home.