NUECES COUNTY, Texas — Hurricane season starts June 1st. Here's an idea, since we have to stay home anyway, why not get a head start on the preparations?

"As our oceans get warmer, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Basin and the Pacific Basin that just adds more fuel for these storms to add to," Dr. Ian Giammanco with IBHS said. 

Dr. Giammanco is the lead meteorologist of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research. He says COVID-19 is a storm of its own, and while it keeps us indoors, we should begin preparing. 

"While we're stuck inside, just take your phone out, start walking around, take pictures of your valuables, those important big appliances," Dr. Giammanco said. "Your fridge, TVs, washer, dryer, any of those heirloom things that you want to make sure are protected."

Dr. Giammamco broke down ways to prepare yourself for severe and hurricane weather.

  • Make your home inventory
  • Find your safe place in your home. Make sure it's cleaned out.
  • Check the condition over your roof. Look for loose shingles, things like that.
  • You can also get a can, or tube or silicon and caulk out your windows and doors. That's an easy project to do around your house
  • Lastly, take a look at those branches on the trees that are maybe hanging over your home.

Ultimately it takes just one big storm to change everything. Being prepared can saves lives in the long run.

"The things you can do now can last you a couple of seasons and you can now know what to revisit as the years go by and make sure you're hurricane ready," Dr. Giammamco said.

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