7 ways to prepare your home for Hurricane Florence

The Baltimore Sun

Don’t scramble at the last minute to prepare for Hurricane Florence.

It’s strengthening and forecast to become “a dangerous major hurricane” Monday, potentially causing storm surges at the coast and freshwater flooding, the National Hurricane Center said.

While the exact path of the system is unclear, meteorologists advise residents from South Carolina into the Mid-Atlantic to “closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials.”

So what can you do to prepare?

Maryland Emergency Management Agency has a list of things to do before, during and after a hurricane.

Here's a look at what you can do before the storm hits:

  • Prepare an emergency kit and create a family communications plan.
  • Familiarize yourself with hurricane evacuation routes in your area and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Trim the trees and shrubs around your home to make them more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage can and anything else that is not tied down.
  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter below the 10th floor.
  • Consider installing a generator for emergency backup power generation.
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