Rizzo Insurance Group Hurricane Preparedness Tips

August 09, 2022

An incoming report of a possible hurricane is always stressful. Here are ways to prepare and help ease anxiety before a storm hits.


  • Sign up for free emergency alerts from your local government.
  • Monitor your local news and weather reports.
  • Have a backup battery or a way to charge your cell phone.
  • Have a battery-powered radio during a power outage.
  • Get a NOAA weather radio.


  • Stock Emergency Supplies Including: 

Bottled Water   


Pet Food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio     


Matches and/or lighter


Dust Masks        

Sleeping Bags


Duct tape           


Garbage bags    

Plastic ties          




Infant Formula/diapers 

Backup battery Non-prescription medications

Manual Can Opener      


First aid kit


  • Protect Your Property


Safeguard your home against high winds such as reinforcing or strengthening doors, windows, walls, and roofs. 

Bring lightweight objects inside (such as patio furniture and garbage cans).

Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside, such as gas grills and propane tanks.

Trim or remove trees that are close enough to fall on your home.

Keep your gutters and drains free of debris.

Install a water alarm and sump pump with a backup battery.

Consider elevating the heating system, water heater and electric panel.

Stockpile emergency protective materials like plastic, plywood, sandbags, and sheeting.

Raise electronics off the floor to protect from water damage in the event of interior flooding.

Collect and safeguard critical documents and records 

Place any important documents in a waterproof container, such as:

Financial documents

Insurance policies

Medical records

Educational documents

Legal documents

Other types of documents such as birth certificates and passports.


  • Prepare to Evacuate


Know your emergency communication plan. This includes contact information for family, school, work, and physicians.

Learn local evacuation routes.

Check with local officials for shelter locations.

  • During the Storm


Take shelter in a designated storm shelter or an interior room during high winds. 

Stay away from glass windows and doors 

Move to higher ground before flooding begins.

Never walk, swim, or drive through floodwater.

  • After the Storm


If you have evacuated, wait for officials to say it is safe before going back home.

Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles, and downed wires.

Avoid driving through floodwater

Do not touch floodwaters because they may contain sewage bacteria and chemicals that can make you ill.

Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, garage, tent, camper, etc.

Clean and disinfect anything that got wet

Do not drink tap water until local authorities declare it safe to do so

Fortunately, we do not experience many hurricanes in our area, however the possibility always exists and we need to stay vigilant and prepared in the event one does come our way.  If you would like further information on how to protect your home, feel free to call us at 781-289-7445 or visit our website at www.rizzoinsurance.com

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