Tips for Hurricane Safety
How to protect yourself during storm
- Duration 4:16
- Date Aug 25, 2011
How to protect yourself during storm
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It now the head of the National Hurricane Center says that there is a possibility that I -- could still be a category two hurricane.
When it moves into southern New Jersey over the weekend and now folks all up and down the East Coast.
Are doing what Janice has -- just to prepare for the worst emergency crews.
I've been doing winner check now bridges.
They're prepping evacuation routes are getting sandbags ready in case of flooding that may come.
And here is some reaction from up in Massachusetts.
Obviously every three hours we know more than we -- three hours ago.
And -- just trying to stay on top of the trigger what's gonna happen.
Podcast it's really but but the here and some people selling -- at best to get everybody else you got locator is improving.
I I hope for today and tomorrow and I'm supposed to be getting a truck either later tonight or tomorrow.
So what are some of the ways that you can protect yourself from a hurricane this size -- -- in as president and CEO of the insurance institute.
For business and home safety and we're glad that you're here because we've got a lot of folks out there.
Their business owners.
Their homeowners and -- that may be right in the line of of this of this potential storm and -- wanna protect their interest what do you tell.
What you just heard some really good advice from Janet's first and foremost hurricanes are always about protecting life safety.
People need to have a plan.
They need to know where they're gonna go have cell phones have a media point to make sure you know -- all your important documents are.
He don't have a home inventory -- an inventory of your business contents.
Do that now walk -- with a video camera or still camera take photos of everything take that -- -- so if something happens your property it's much easier for you to document any -- if you need to make insurance claim.
And bring your insurance documents with you as well have that as well.
Absolutely shipped copies of your credit cards your passport your insurance documents your mortgage.
Any key document should be put into a single -- a small file box that you know you're gonna grab maybe along with your computer hard drives in jewelry and other important items.
It's really important whether I -- hits or not in your particular area.
Use this opportunity as a -- go ahead and go through the motions make the play and figure out what you would take if you had to get out of the house very quickly and where you're gonna go.
What do you think about these reports Julie that this will not just be a coastal event but.
But a lot of areas inland will be affected by this is well we could be talking.
Button and and we were just discussing that the big.
Cities in the northeast they could be affected this could be a very big event for people all over the northeast.
I think it's it's highly likely -- see a lot of wind and a lot of rain -- but now on the East Coast that that windy -- -- -- extend for hundreds and hundreds of miles.
If you look at Hurricane Ike which was the last severe land falling hurricane in this country 2008.
It hit coastal Texas but they were hurricane strength winds all the into Ohio where there were a billion and a half dollars of loss.
So we're gonna see a lot of wind and a lot of water all of -- on the East Coast and people need to prepare for the.
You know we always hear these folks who do not want to leave their homes.
They wanna they wanna ride it out.
Everything that they own everything that they care about is right there in that house and they're just afraid to leave it.
And you you have to understand where they're coming from in a wedding in a sense but at the same time what advice do you have for those people.
Well first inform us.
One person or -- small group of people are not gonna defeat mother nature.
She's got some pretty awesome forces at her disposal so we want people to get out of emergency operations people tell you to get out.
Get out leave.
If you wanna shelter in place if it's too late to evacuate where you can't -- -- -- you have to shelter in place there are things that you can do to button up your house to make it a little bit safer.
Like making sure that if you don't have impact resistant windows which a lot of people the northeast to not.
You can put up plywood covers.
Or other types of -- by the way masking tape does not help so don't waste your time putting masking tape on your windows.
If you've got dual pane or impact resistant windows that's great if He don't trying to cover them up with plywood is helpful.
Bring in any lawn furniture -- play equipment.
Move your car inside anything they can be lifted up by the wind and throw -- against your house breaking out a window or other ways acting as a missile.
Move those things under cover and secure the type things down as much you can.
Good stuff Julie Julie -- is the presidency -- the insurance institute for business and -- safety joining us live today with some -- information thanks again.
Thanks very much.