First at Four: Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

First at Four: Preparing for Hurricane Matthew
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Being prepared is the key with any hurricane.

Rob Cutting of State Farm Insurance joined us on WECT News First at Four to talk about what you need to do ahead of a storm.

Rob's advice:

Plan Ahead
Proper hurricane planning begins long before hurricane season (June 1 – Nov. 30). Help ensure your family's safety by creating a disaster preparedness plan that includes a disaster survival kit and an emergency evacuation plan.

Secure Your Property
When a hurricane warning is given, close window shutters or attach protective panels with previously installed fasteners. Information about emergency board-up procedures can be found at the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). State Farm also lists more specific construction information for mitigating hurricane damage to your home here.

Get To Safety
During threatening conditions, keep a battery-powered radio tuned to local weather advisories. If you are ordered to evacuate, go directly inland or to a shelter as directed by local authorities. Lock doors and windows before you go. Bring your disaster survival kit and let friends and relatives know where you plan to be.

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