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5 ways to stay hurricane ready

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Bermuda. And hurricane season can be an intimidating time. But with a little preparation, you can be ready to handle whatever hurricane season brings your way.

1. Check your insurance policies

At the beginning of hurricane season, it’s important to ensure that your home policies are up to date. Have you bought any new outdoor furniture or done any renovations? If so, update your home insurance and contents insurance. Review the conditions and exclusions of your policies. If the full risks are not disclosed, this could limit your pay out in the event of a claim.

2. Develop a family plan and practice it to ensure it works

Decide on your home's safe room. Establish escape routes from your home and a place to meet. Don't forget to include your pets in your evacuation plan.

3. Prepare an emergency kit and charge up

A well stocked emergency kit should include a battery-operated radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first aid kit and any necessary medications, candles and matches, an ice chest, and a sterno or propane powered cooking unit. Make sure all your mobile devices are fully charged and that you have a hard copy of all emergency and important phone numbers.

4. Stock up on food and water

Have a three-day supply of drinking water and non-perishable food ready. Fill your bathtub and clean buckets with water.

5. Protect your property

Board up windows. Clear yard of loose objects. Move your vehicle, bike and/or boat to a secure location well before winds start.

Download BF&M's full hurricane preparedness plan to help you plan every aspect of your pre-, during-, and post-storm hurricane safety.

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