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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Get Prepared for the Storm - and WIN Hurricane Supplies - Read the Blog to find out how to win ...

While some of us are more experienced than we'd like to be, others may not be fully aware on how to prepare for a hurricane. Some preparations may seem like common sense, but in the moment we sometimes forget the simplest of things as we rush to safety. We thought now that Dorian has formed in the eastern Atlantic it would be a good time to refresh our friends on some of the best tips for hurricane preparedness. If you have some good suggestions, please share them in the comments!

The first thing to do is make yourself a check list so that when you are in a rush you can be sure you haven't forgotten anything important! Below are some suggestions for your checklist:

Have a mapped out evacuation route

Plan your evacuation location and be sure it is pet friendly if bringing your furry family

Learn School Emergency Plans for your children

Pack/carry all of your important and irreplaceable documents (including insurance, medical documents, passports and photos)

Take a quick inventory of your possessions that you are not taking, photograph these if possible

Make sure all windows and doors are locked and protected as best as possible

Make sure all vehicles not taking the journey are safely stored to avoid flood damage or falling objects

Pack a disaster supplies kit including: Water, snacks, batteries, transistor radio, flashlight, first aid, towelettes, can opener, maps, medications, personal needs

Pack a multi-purpose tool

Carry a list of all of your emergency contacts

Carry extra cash, your credit cards are not always reliable

Pack an extra set of keys to your home and vehicles

Pack insect repellant and sun block

Be sure to carry a camera with you, so that when you return you are able to photograph any damage

Some other important things to consider are how to prepare your surroundings. Remember to trim those tree branches which may be a threat to you or your neighbor's property in the event of heavy winds. If you own a boat, make sure it is secured. Any loose lawn furniture or decorations should be placed inside your home to avoid becoming projectiles. Help your neighbors do the same!

When evacuating, be sure to avoid flooded roads. Keep your radio tuned to local stations or carry an NOAA weather radio. Fortunately, in Hancock County we our own local radio station created for emergency situations in our area. As long as you are local, you may tune in to 103.5FM and when you are able you can also listen to this station streaming online.

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We will be posting more tips for before, during and after the storm.  There you can find our contest to WIN HURRICANE SUPPLIES AND A $20 WALMART GIFT CARD (prize must be picked up at one of the 3 SouthGroup Gulf Coast locations- Bay St Louis, Biloxi or Diamondhead) -- all you need to to is CLICK THE PIC AND LIKE IT to be entered to win --- hurry because the contest ends at 4pm on Aug 2!
If you are on the Gulf Coast, contact your Trusted Choice agent, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast / , SERVICE TEAM: Angelyn Treutel, Tammy Garfield, Dawn Garza, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Wendy Johnson, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Susan Monti, Kayleigh Davis, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: , phone:228-466-4498, fax:888-415-8922,

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Thanks to Susan Monti for her words of wisdom!

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