Are you ready for a hurricane?


If you haven’t already started planning, it’s not too late. With Hurricane Irene setting its sights on the US east coast, now’s the time to make sure you have a hurricane preparedness plan in place – especially if you’re within a few hours of the coast (we all know hurricanes can wreak havoc well inland).


Here are a few tips to help make sure you’re prepared:

  • Establish a written emergency plan for your family and your business
  • Review insurance coverage for your home and business. Be sure to check your flood insurance eligibility (homeowner insurance doesn’t typically cover flood damage).
  • If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, make sure you have an evacuation plan. Know the route you’ll use if you’re told to evacuate.
  • Know where emergency shelters are located in your area.
  • Agree on a place where family members can meet if separated.
  • Test your emergency equipment (generators, flashlights, etc.) in advance.


You should have a hurricane survival kit that includes the following:


  • At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Baby needs (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • First aid kit
  • Manual can opener
  • Medicines (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Cell phones and battery-powered chargers
  • Battery-powered weather radio
  • Flashlights (and spare batteries)
  • Cash
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Books, magazines, games
  • Important documents (insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, SSN, etc.)



Here are a couple of excellent resources for further info:

The Weather Channel’s Hurricane Survival Kit

The National Weather Service’s Hurricane Preparedness Page


Do you have other tips? Share them in the comments space!

Candace Johnson

Corporate Marketing Manager

Candace is a veteran marketer, who specializes in bringing out the best in companies. Responsibilities for BluSky include content creation and editing, brand management and consistency, website management, public relations writing, advertising, and social media management. Candace lives just south of Chicago with her husband Eric and three children.

Candace Johnson

Corporate Marketing Manager
Candace Johnson