Even though we aren’t expected to have a heavy hurricane season we still need to be prepared. Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone by contacting your local emergency management office. Decide where you will store your boat or other items during a tropical storm or hurricane, and factor into your action plan the time to move it to storage. This storm-preparation checklist, updated for 2012, was developed by a team of our editors who have endured and covered more than a dozen hurricanes. This storm-preparation checklist, updated for 2012, was developed by a team of our editors who have endured and covered more than a dozen hurricanes.In making the list, the team members drew on their own experiences, as well as advice from the National Hurricane Center, American Red Cross, National Weather Service, the state emergency management agencies for Alabama and Mississippi, and other sources.
Having a hurricane preparedness checklist will provide reassurance that you will have thought of all the essentials (provided that they are on the list) and will greatly reduce the likelihood that you will forget something during the stressful time immediately before a potential hurricane disaster. Secure a two-week supply of prescription medicine: Anyone on prescription medications, should pack a two-week supply of their meds in a sealable plastic bag, clearly labeled. Prepare early: Emergency items sell out quickly at the stores, so stock up your kit before hurricane season even starts.

Food and water should last for 72 hours: Make sure you have enough supplies to last everyone in the house for at least 72 hours.
Check home insurance: Do this before hurricane season starts, otherwise updated coverage may not take effect until the following year.
Know the terminology: Know the difference between tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes so that you can follow the reports better. Hurricane season, which got underway June 1, 2012, is a time to be extra vigilant about your car's maintenance.
There have already been two named storms in the North Atlantic before hurricane season officially began. Obtain emergency supplies now to be self-sufficient during the storm and its potentially lengthy aftermath.
If you live near the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, it's time to prepare for another hurricane season. All it takes is one major storm to throw you for a loop -- or worse.The good news about hurricanes is that, unlike some other natural disasters, we can see them coming.

The 2012 hurricane season is estimated to be a mild season with little to no activity in comparison to the past 4 years. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep to buy these items, they will be in very short supply or even completely unavailable. Cars drive past a Hurricane Evacuation Route sign in Long Beach on Long Island, New York in this August 2011 file photo. They are estimating only 10 storms will be named and only four of which will become full on hurricanes. Schedule any roof repairs, and to talk with a builder or home improver about installing hurricane straps and clips if you lack them. If you are thinking of buying hurricane shutters, generators or chain saws, this is an excellent time to get that done.

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