How do you Prepare for a Hurricane in Florida?

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30 and the first Major Hurricane usually arrives the end of August,beginning of September. And 2019 will be right on the money for this trend.Hurricane Dorian has made its appearance in the Atlantic and predictions currently show a Florida hit. So how do you prepare for a hurricane in Florida?

Emergency officials advise all residents of hurricane prone areas to make a Hurricane Kit and have an Evacuation Plan established before the season officially begins on June 1.  If you haven’t done this already, its not too late.

First build your Hurricane Kit. Be sure to have food and water for 3 and shelf stable food 7 days, at least 1 gallon of water per person per day is recommended. If you can’t find water at the store, fill clean food safe jugs, such as milk or iced tea jugs, with water for you and your family, and don’t forget your pets. If your home runs on well water, a power outage can mean no running water, fill bathtubs with water or use pool or lake water (once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside) to help flush toilets, Do not drink this water. Be sure to have flashlights and batteries, candles are not safe or recommended during a storm, charge all of your wireless devices and rechargeable batteries,fill up vehicle gas tanks, and if you have a gas grill, have propane tanks to boil water if you lose power, and a battery powered radio.  Store all of your important documents (birth certificates, Social Security Cards, etc) in a safe, accessible watertight container that can be easily grabbed in the event you need to evacuate. Know where your nearby shelters are and if they are pet friendly. Do not leave pets behind.

Hurricane Shelter Information:

Lake County

Orange County

Seminole County

Volusia County

Florida Shelters

Three to Five Days before the storm is predicted to land secure your home and belongings. Bring in any loose items from your yard such as trash cans, bikes, and decorations and make sure that anything that it too big to come inside, such as a trampoline or playhouse, is properly secured so that it will not fly away and cause more damage. Know if you are in an evacuation zone, and be prepared to evacuate if asked. Trim back trees and clean out gutters and areas that provide rainwater runoff. Cover windows with hurricane shutters or plywood

Keep in the Know. Watch the news and listen to the radio for weather updates, these will be frequent as the storm comes closer.While weather agencies make predictions, tropical storms and hurricanes have surprised us all in the past and taken sharp turns or not broken apart the way they were predicted.

Check out this post Do You Know What’s Covered for more information about what to do if your home is damaged in the storm.

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