May 29, 2020 by Space Coast Credit Union
While many of us are still weathering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have to be prepared for hurricane season as well. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th and according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be active.
At Space Coast Credit Union, we take hurricane preparedness and recovery planning very seriously, and this year will not be any different. Having learned from prior hurricanes, as well as the recent pandemic crisis, SCCU continues to refine and strengthen our preparedness and recovery plans. Our planning and business resumption contingencies allow us to be here for you, the member, before and after the storm.
While no one wants to experience a storm this year, planning and preparing will allow all of us to handle that event with less stress and far more safety. Hurricane preparedness is something we all need to focus on now, at the start of the season. If an occasion does arise when we have to place our plans into action, being prepared ahead of time will help tremendously.
There are many resources available that go into great detail on how to create an effective and easy-to-use hurricane preparedness plan. We encourage everyone to take the time now to research a plan that is right for them; however, here are some common items to consider as you develop your plan:
- Know in advance where you plan to evacuate, and regularly evaluate that location for availability and safety during a storm.
- Make preparations now for what you will do with your pets.
- Make a list of items and belongings you plan to take with you, and only carry what is most necessary.
- Know ahead of time how and which route you will follow to evacuate if the order is given.
- Build a home kit of supplies to have after the storm passes. This may include tarps, batteries, flashlights, radios, a first aid kit, and general tools.
- Be sure to have adequate bottled drinking water and non-perishable food on hand for you and your family. A good rule of thumb is to have enough of these items to last a minimum of 72 hours after the storm passes.
- Know your insurance policy, hurricane deductibles, and flood insurance requirements. A Home Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC) can be a helpful safety net in the event you have costly repairs or a high deductible. SCCU can help. Visit SCCU.com/heloc for more information.
Understandably, the last thing many of us want to focus on is preparing for a hurricane, but now is the best time to start – before a storm hits. As always, SCCU will be here for you before, during, and after the storm.