1. Waterproof all of your valuables. Use sealed plastic bags.
2. Take pictures or better, video tape the inside and outside of your house. Store in a safe dry place or take with you if you evacuate.
3. Know your home's vulnerability to a storm surge, flooding, and wind.
4. Locate a safe room in your home for a hurricane hazard.
5. Determine escape (evacuation) routes from your home and places to meet inland away from the storm.
6. Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
7. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
8. Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
9. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
10. Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors. Monitor storm progress by watching KRIS 6 News, at KRISTV.COM, and using social media: Facebook (KRIS 6 News) and Twitter (@KRIS6News).
11. Finally take First Aid, CPR, and/or disaster preparedness classes.
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