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.
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.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.
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. 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. They are estimating only 10 storms will be named and only four of which will become full on hurricanes.



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