Hurricane Season is over for 2013. It was an overall quiet year, but then again, it has been for the past few years. Although Hurricane Season has run its course for this year, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for next year! Prior planning and preparation can save your life during the next hurricane. Being ready is the key. Advance planning helps minimize the things you have to do as the hurricane approaches.

Be aware of where you live and whether it is likely you will need to evacuate. Plan your evacuation route well in advance. Keep track of course changes due to road construction. Determine the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters. Learn safe routes inland for around 20 to 50 miles and remember roads and interstates will be crowded.

Develop an emergency communications plan. Families can be separate at the time of an initial hurricane warning. Have a plan for getting back together. Have an out-of-state relative or friend serve as the “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the “family contact”. Make sure that all family members memorize the safety procedures and preparedness; you have another year to learn!