Hurricane Irma: Your Preparation Checklist

Hurricane Preparation

We at SLM are dedicated to the well-being and stability of your facilities and your business.  Our mission is to ensure that your business and day-to-day operations run seamlessly with or without the threat of an impending emergency.  Unfortunately, this is a time of emergency, and we want to do everything in our power to make certain you are prepared.

With each passing hour, it is becoming more and more certain that several of the southern US states will be impacted by Hurricane Irma. If you have not done so already, it is now that you should prepare yourself and your business from the possibly damaging effects of the storm and it’s aftermath.

Gather Information

Know if you live in an evacuation area.

Assess your risks and know your business’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.


Keep a list of contact information for reference.

  • Emergency Management Offices
  • County Law Enforcement
  • County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
  • State, County and City/Town Government
  • Local Hospitals
  • Local Utilities
  • Local American Red Cross
  • Local TV Stations
  • Local Radio Stations
  • Your Property Insurance Agent
  • Risk Analysis

Supplies Kit

Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.  Communities are strongest when we work together.

Health & Environment

Review the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) health considerations before, during, and after a storm.

Remember to follow the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) food and water safety guidelines during disasters.

Review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggestions for health and environmental safety in disaster preparedness.


Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack

FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!

Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate if you are not ordered to evacuate.

Be alert for:

  • Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.
  • The calm “eye” of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.


  • Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
  • Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.

Please know that no matter what you need, SLM is here for you. We are here to get you through this storm and will help you get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. All you need to do is ask. One phone call, that’s all it takes.

Always at your service,
~ Your SLM Team


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