Preparing for a Hurricane Involves Much More than an Emergency Kit
Gloucester County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to focus on the many reasons they should include flood insurance in their hurricane preparedness plans. The Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. “It only takes one storm to change your life and our community,” said Brett Major, Gloucester’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “We are often in the crosshairs of hurricanes and tropical storms here, so being prepared in a variety of ways is key.”
First, residents should know their risks and zones. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a tool to help residents find which evacuation zone they are in. This interactive tool, which advises residents on whether they should protect their properties with flood insurance can be found by visiting https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/.
Next, residents should be prepared with the necessary supplies such as bottled water, canned food, batteries, and flashlights. This also includes being prepared early-on with purchasing the correct flood insurance for their properties. Flood insurance is different from homeowner’s insurance and requires a separate policy. Free estimates of what a flood insurance policy might cost can be found by visiting https://getfloodfluent.org/calculator. Flood insurance policies typically have a 30-day waiting period.