(WPRI) — Hurricane season may not start until June 1, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents and businesses along the East Coast to start getting prepared.
FEMA said it’s important for individuals and families to have a communication plan in place ahead of a hurricane or tropical storm, and to have a kit prepared with essential items such as medical supplies, spare batteries, bottled water, and non-perishable food for both you and your pets.
The agency also said now’s the right time to review your coverage with an insurance agent, especially for flood insurance. According to FEMA, there’s typically a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance policies to go into effect, so it should be considered well in advance and not just if flooding appears imminent.
FEMA recommends visiting www.floodsmart.gov or calling 1-800-427-2419 for more information about flood insurance options.