We hear it time and again... get ready for hurricane season.
Without the proper preparations, you could find yourself without power, food and water following a storm.
With Bertha now churning through the tropics, experts want you to make sure you are prepared.
The National Weather Service has a preparation list:
1. Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know
your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
2. Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each
hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not
be your home but within your community.
3. Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
4. Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to
5. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure
your children know how and when to call 911.
6. Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
7. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit. Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors. (See related link below for a complete list.)