Evacuations have already begun in North Carolina as Hurricane Irene makes her way towards land.

We hope everyone along the coast escapes unscathed, and to help to that end we’ve put together a short list of hurricane preparedness resources that will help you protect yourselves and your homes.

  • Hurricane Overview. Courtesy of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.
  • Emergency Shutoffs. Everyone should know how to turn off their electricity, gas, etc. in the face of a natural disaster.
  • Emergency Board Up. The dos and don’ts of boarding up your home.
  • Protecting Your Doors and Windows. Make sure you come back to a home intact.
  • Assemble Your Disaster Kit. Every home needs one. Does yours have one?
  • Our thoughts are with those in Irene’s path.