What to do Before a Tropical Storm or Hurricane

Getting a tropical storm or hurricane warning can be terrifying, and it may be overwhelming to know how to prepare. The main thing is to keep yourself and your family safe. Here are some things to consider when preparing for a tropical storm or hurricane.


Keep Covid Restrictions in Mind

The pandemic has changed the way we do everything, even preparing for a storm. Since certain items may be in short supply or not available, plan when stocking supplies. The best way to build up an adequate supply of water, food, and essentials to use in case of a storm is to do so gradually throughout the year. Buy things when they’re on sale and save them, or just get one or two extra things during your weekly grocery shopping trip. You should also keep track of Covid related restrictions at local shelters and safe centers. They may need to limit capacity or enforce certain rules.

Have an Evacuation Kit Prepared

If a tropical storm or hurricane comes your way, you may need to evacuate your home. Assume you will be evacuated and prepare accordingly. This includes important documents and phone numbers. Also, home and auto insurance policies and contact information. In addition, be sure to pack essentials like a change of clothes, medicines, soap, and hygiene products.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Waiting until the last minute to plan how you are going to evacuate your home is never a good idea. Develop an evacuation plan. What are you going to do with your pets? Where will you go? How will you get there? What route will you take? Do you have an alternative route if roads are closed? These are all questions to consider while formulating your evacuation plan. Make sure everyone in your household knows the plan and has their own evacuation kit and supplies packed.


As we come into our 31st season of helping people find the best coverage, be sure to check in with Leigh Agency for all your storm-related insurance needs!