Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but try telling that to Mother Nature.
Alabamians are facing the prospect of a wet Memorial Day with tropical weather forecast through the weekend.
Heavy rain and flooding are the main threats, though isolated tornadoes are also possible. As with any severe weather situation, power outages could become an issue.
Here are some tips to prepare:
Clear your yard of any debris that could cause damage in high winds or floods.
Make sure you have a family evacuation and communication plan in place. If you need to evacuate, where will you go? If you have pets, think of places that will accept them. Identify several places, whether they be the home of a loved one or a hotel, so you have options.
Evaluate your flood insurance needs. It’s important to note that floods are not typically covered by your homeowner’s policy and require additional coverage. Visit www.floodsmart.gov for information on how to purchase flood insurance.
Keep a list of contact information for your insurance agent and be sure to include your policy number. Store this information, along with a home inventory, in a waterproof safe or safe deposit box.
Gas up the car ahead of time and don’t forget to update your emergency supply kit.
Emergency Supply Kits Should Include:
- Water: One gallon a day for each person for at least three days
- Food: Store a minimum of three days of non-perishable food for each person
- Manual can opener and plastic plates, cups and utensils
- Baby formula and supplies, if needed
- A list of emergency contacts, including your local police and fire department, your utility company and your insurance agent
- Any prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that may be needed, such as aspirin or stomach relief
- Plenty of batteries
- Weather radio
- First aid kit
- Personal hygiene items
- Charged cell phones
Finally, stay up to date on disaster readiness, resources and assistance from the Alabama Emergency Management Agencyat ema.alabama.gov.