As hurricane season continues (it officially began June 1 and ends Nov. 30), here are a few tips — in addition to supplies — the Federal Emergency Management Administration offers to prepare your property before a hurricane hits:
• Learn the evacuation routes and where the designated shelters will be in your area in case you have to evacuate. Contact your local emergency management office or the American Red Cross, and ask for the community hurricane preparedness plan.
• Create an emergency plan for your pets.
• Check with your insurance company about the National Flood Insurance Program as homeowners’ insurance does not cover flooding during a hurricane. Take photos of your home and its contents.
For more information on preparing your home and making sure you have the right insurance coverage for a disaster, visit the Connecticut Department of Insurance website at www.ct.gov/cid.
• Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up your windows with 5/8-inch marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
• Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
• Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed.
• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
For information on preparing for a storm, including what to pack in an emergency kit, visit www.ready.gov.