How to Prepare for Hurricane Season: Essential Tips for Safety and Preparedness 

Hurricane season, which officially begins in May, brings with it the potential for severe weather that can disrupt lives and cause significant damage. Proper preparation is crucial to ensuring the safety of your family, home, and belongings. We, at Crossroads, are here to share you with essential steps to take to be ready for hurricane season. 

1. Develop a Family Emergency Plan 

Creating a family emergency plan is the first step in hurricane preparedness. This plan should include: 

  • Evacuation Routes: Know the safest and most efficient routes to take if an evacuation order is issued. 
  • Communication Plan: Establish a way to stay in touch with family members if you are separated. Designate a meeting place and choose a point of contact outside the affected area. 
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities, medical facilities, and relatives. 

2. Assemble an Emergency Kit 

An emergency kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in an emergency. Your kit should include: 

  • Water: At least one gallon per person per day for at least three days. 
  • Non-perishable Food: A three-day supply of food that requires little to no preparation. 
  • Medications and Medical Supplies: Include a week’s supply of medications and any necessary medical equipment. 
  • First Aid Kit: Basic first aid supplies to treat minor injuries. 
  • Flashlights and Batteries: Multiple flashlights and extra batteries to ensure you have light. 
  • Portable Charger: For keeping your cell phones charged. 
  • Important Documents: Copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and medical records in a waterproof container. 
  • Cash: In case ATMs and credit card machines are unavailable. 
  • Clothing and Bedding: Extra clothing, sturdy shoes, and sleeping bags or blankets. 
  • Tools and Supplies: A multi-tool, duct tape, and a whistle to signal for help. 
  • Hygiene Products: Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation. 

3. Prepare Your Home 

Securing your home is vital to minimize damage. Here’s how: 

  • Check and Repair the Roof: Ensure your roof is in good condition and can withstand high winds. 
  • Install Storm Shutters: If you live in a hurricane-prone area, invest in storm shutters or board up windows with plywood. 
  • Secure Outdoor Items: Bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds. 
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Reduce the risk of branches breaking off and causing damage by trimming trees and shrubs around your home. 
  • Reinforce Garage Doors: Make sure your garage door is secure, as they are often a weak point in home defenses against hurricanes. 

4. Review Your Insurance Coverage 

Insurance is a key component of hurricane preparedness. Here are steps to take: 

  • Understand Your Policy: Review your homeowners or renters insurance policy to understand what is covered and what is not. 
  • Flood Insurance: Standard home insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage. Consider purchasing separate flood insurance. 
  • Document Your Belongings: Take an inventory of your possessions, including photos or videos, to make filing a claim easier if necessary. 

5. Stay Informed 

Staying informed about the progress of an approaching hurricane can save lives. Here’s how to keep updated: 

  • Monitor Weather Reports: Keep track of weather updates from reliable sources like the National Hurricane Center or your local news station. 
  • Sign Up for Alerts: Subscribe to emergency alerts from local authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 
  • Know Your Zone: Be aware of evacuation zones and routes in your area. 

6. Plan for Your Pets 

Your pets are part of your family and need to be included in your hurricane preparations. Ensure you have: 

  • Pet Supplies: A supply of food, water, and medications for at least a week. 
  • Identification: Ensure pets have proper identification and consider a microchip for permanent identification. 
  • Shelter: Know which shelters and hotels along your evacuation route accept pets. 

Additional Tips from Experts 

According to the Texas Department of Insurance and additional expert advice from a YouTube video on hurricane preparedness, there are a few more tips to consider: 

  • Backup Power: Consider purchasing a generator to ensure you have a backup power source during outages. 
  • Home Inventory: Use apps or digital tools to maintain an updated home inventory, which can simplify insurance claims. 
  • Weatherproofing: Invest in weatherproofing your home, such as reinforcing the roof and ensuring doors and windows are secure. 
  • Stay Connected: Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to receive weather updates if the power goes out. 

How Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates Can Help 

If your home is affected by a hurricane, Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates can assist in the recovery process. Here’s how we can help: 

  • Insurance Claims Assistance: Our experienced team can help you navigate the complex insurance claims process, ensuring you get the maximum settlement for your damages. 
  • Damage Assessment: We provide thorough assessments of your property to document all damages accurately. 
  • Negotiation with Insurers: We advocate on your behalf, negotiating with insurance companies to ensure fair and timely payouts. 
  • Reconstruction Support: We coordinate with contractors and service providers to help you rebuild and restore your home as quickly as possible. 


Preparing for hurricane season is about more than just gathering supplies; it’s about having a comprehensive plan that addresses every aspect of safety and survival. By following these steps, you can help ensure that you and your family are ready to face the challenges that come with hurricane season. Stay proactive, stay informed, and stay safe. 

For more detailed information on hurricane preparedness, you can refer to the Texas Department of Insurance’s blog post here and watch related instructional videos available online to reinforce these preparation strategies. And remember, if disaster strikes, Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates are here to support you through the recovery process. Visit our website for more information on how we can help: Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates

Scroll to Top