Storm
Safety Center

Weathering Storms

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.

Plan ahead

  • 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 Group'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 the roads and at home.

References:

  1. Hurricanes. ready.gov.

  2. National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrators. Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources. noaa.gov.

  3. National Geographic.Hurricanes. nationalgeographic.com.

  4. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Public Education. nfpa.org.