Slideshow: How to Prepare for a Hurricane

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Hurricane Evacuation Route

Most people living in hurricane-prone areas know the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 each year. Every year, you hear it: “Prepare early. Buy your hurricane supplies now.”

With a six-month risk window every year and only a rare storm actually coming ashore in the U.S., it’s easy to get complacent – but don’t. We’re lucky that meteorologists can sometimes predict a hurricane days before it strikes, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute to get ready.

Check out the following slideshow for information on what you can do now to get prepared.

  • Palm Trees Blowing in Hurricane Winds
    Ahead of the Storm

    Before a storm heads your way, check your insurance policies to make sure you’re fully covered. Review Your Insurance Policies

  • Home Video Camera
    Know What You Have

    You’ll want to make sure to have a detailed list of all of your belongings, just in case a storm strikes. Do a Home Inventory

  • Hurricane Shutters
    Put Up the Shutters

    When a hurricane looms, there are several steps you can take to help lower the risk of your home being damaged. Protect Your Property

  • Water Bottles
    Stock Up

    Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you have food, water and other vital supplies in case a hurricane strikes your area. Stock Emergency Supplies

  • Emergency disaster supplies
    Fill the Cupboards

    When preparing for any catastrophe, there are four main items you should think about stockpiling. 4 Emergency Disaster Supplies You’ll Want to Hoard

  • Hurricane Approaching
    Stay Dry

    Storm surge from a hurricane can cause lots of damage to your property. You should check out 4 Ways to Waterproof Your Stuff.

  • Storm-iStock
    X Doesn't Mark the Spot

    You know how everyone always tapes an X on all their windows before a hurricane? Don’t do that. Busting Storm Safety Myths

  • Hurricane Evacuation Route
    Make a Plan

    If officials tell you it’s time to evacuate, you need to know where you’re going. Plan Your Evacuation

  • Hail Damage on Satellite Dish
    Buyer Beware

    After the winds die down, you may need to hire someone to fix your property – but be careful. Uncovering the Con in Contractor

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