The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1st and will end on November 30, 2017. At Thorp & Trainer, the safety and security of our friends and neighbors is our top priority. To that end, we urge all policyholders to familiarize themselves with the many ways to be prepared in advance of a hurricane.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has outlined several safety tips that should be taken before a hurricane strikes. It is imperative to not wait until the last minute to safeguard your property from hurricane damage.

  • Secure your surroundings: Gather any loose items, such as lawn furniture, yard debris, etc. that can act as a projectile during high winds.
  • Trim trees: Reduce your risk of property damage by trimming weak tree branches which could be broken off by excessive wind.
  • Seal windows and doors: Ensure that caulking around windows and doors is in good shape and not cracked or broken.
  • Inspect your roof: Before extensive wind and rain batter your home, check your roof for wear or damage and repair as needed.
  • Check your sump pump: Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If the system has a battery backup, replace with fresh batteries.
  • Prepare your generator: Test your generator in advance of the storm to make certain it works when needed.

In addition to preparing your property, you should also assemble an emergency supply kit for the safety of you and your loved ones. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a basic supply kit include:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter-in-place)
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

For additional information on how you can weather the storm, please visit. To ensure your current homeowners policy is offering the level of protection you need, please call Thorp & Trainer today at 596.0146 for a complimentary policy review.