How to prepare for an above-average hurricane season

Today, June 1, is the first day of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This year, the tropics are forecasted to be more active than normal, which could wreak havoc on farms from Texas to the East Coast.

If you are in an area where a storm could hit, it is important to make sure you are prepared now. Start by assessing your risk and make sure you understand the water and wind hazards at your property. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell says once you know that, you can create a plan best tailored to your situation.

Criswell says to ask yourself these questions about evacuating:

“Where are you going to go? How are you going to communicate with loved ones? What do you need to take with you?”

She said it is also important to have an emergency supply kit with a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medicine, and cash, along with flashlights and a battery-operated radio.

If you are in a high-risk area make sure to cover windows, trim trees, and check to make sure your insurance policy covers major losses for severe weather events.

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