Boy_Taking_QuizHaving the right answers before a storm comes your way can help you be prepared if a hurricane strikes.

1. Do you have a disaster survival plan?

2. Have you planned an evacuation route and destination?

3. Do you have an emergency communication plan for staying in touch or getting messages to friends and family?

4. Is your homeowners- and flood-insurance coverage up to date and sufficient to replace your home and belongings if they are damaged or destroyed?

5. Do you have an inventory of your property and belongings?

6. Do you have copies of your policies, inventory, birth certificates and other important papers and valuables in a safe place — one that’s waterproof and fireproof?

7. Do you know how to turn off your utilities (electricity, gas and water)?

8. Do you have a plan and supplies on hand to protect and secure your home, outdoor items, boat, pool and so forth?

9. Has your roof been inspected within the past six months?

10. Have you trimmed the trees and shrubs around your house?

11. Has your car been maintained, and are the tires, including the spare, in good condition?

12. Do you have a plan of what to do with food in your refrigerator and freezer in the event of a possible power outage?

13. Is your emergency phone list up to date and handy?

14. Do you have emergency survival supplies such as batteries, a battery-operated radio, flashlights, lanterns, fuel, nonperishable food for three days, water jugs, manual can opener, medicines, traveler’s checks or cash and so forth on hand?

15. Do you have an emergency supply kit for your car?

16. Do you have a plan of how to take care of family members with special needs, those with disabilities, infants or the elderly, in the event of a disaster?

17. Have you decided what you will do with your animals if you must evacuate because of various types of hazards?

18. Have you budgeted for the added expenses to protect your home, buy supplies, evacuate, clean up and recover?

19. Have you discussed your emergency plans, duties and rules with your family?