Preparing for Hurricanes: What You Should Know
Posted by: Jeff Buckley, Vice President, Critical Inventory, Supply Chain Management, and Broker Services
With hurricane season upon us, bringing unpredictable weather and increasingly stronger storms, it pays to be prepared to protect your family and home. Following are some best practices from Cartus, as well as supporting information from Ready.gov and the American Red Cross, to help you prepare.
How Does Cartus Assist our Clients and Their Employees?
When Cartus is aware of the potential for a severe weather event in an area, the assigned consultant reaches out to the transferring employee to provide guidance and recommendations for securing their homes, and the account manager touches base with the client to review processes during the severe weather event.
To prevent/minimize damage to homes, we recommend (as applicable), within 24 hours of the announcement of a natural disaster watch or warning:
- Secure any outdoor objects or bring inside
- Remove any outdoor antennas
- Supply the home with a flashlight/batteries (to facilitate inspection when the storm has passed and power may be out)
- Depending on local requirements, consider turning off water/gas/electric
- Lower pool water level if appropriate
- Turn off pool pump at circuit breaker if appropriate
The Cartus consultant reaches out to the employee to check on them and their home. Also, as long as it is safe to do so, 24 hours after a storm impacts an area, we ask the listing broker to check on the condition of the occupants and their home, offer assistance with vendor recommendations, and follow up on the completion of repairs.
We remind the homeowner to report the status of their home to their Cartus contact (including photos when possible), including:
- Evidence of any damage to siding, windows, roof, doors
- Condition of landscaping and grading
- Evidence of water penetration in basement, attic, and living areas
Tips to Help You, and Your Family, Stay Safe During and After a Hurricane
Following are some helpful tips from Ready.gov and the American Red Cross to ensure that you, and your family, are safe and ready before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Plan: have an evacuation plan in place for your family and pets. If your family is not together, establish a plan for how you will contact each other and establish a familiar meeting place for the family.
- Prepare an emergency kit: Have an emergency survival kit ready, and accessible, with the supplies you will need in the event of an emergency. Be sure to take into account the dietary needs, medical needs, ages, etc. of your family. The American Red Cross outlines the minimum basic supplies that you should have available in your emergency preparedness kit.
- Stay informed: knowledge is power, make sure you have the information you need:
- Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Know your evacuation route and shelter locations.
- Stay tuned into your TV or radio frequently to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
- Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
4. Practice your plan: a well-designed emergency plan is no good if you haven’t practiced it. Plan to practice your emergency plan with
your family periodically and take that opportunity to inventory and evaluate the contents of your emergency preparedness kit.
National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane