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10 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season is upon us in Florida! Do you have a plan in place? New to the area or need to have a game plan for this season?

When preparing for a hurricane in Florida, it's important to take certain steps to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your property.

Here are 10 hurricane preparation tips: 

  • Stay informed: monitor the weather updates and pay attention to local authorities instructions and evacuation orders.
  • Create an emergency plan: develop a plan with your family members on what to do in the event of a hurricane. Determine a safe meeting point, establish communication channels, and assign responsibilities to each family member.
  • Prepare an emergency kit: assemble a well-stocked emergency kit that includes essential items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, medications, important documents, cash, and a battery-powered or hand cranked radio.
  • Secure your home: reinforce windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood boards. Trim trees and remove any loose branches or objects that could become projectiles in high winds. Secure outdoor furniture or bring it inside. Be sure to buy in advance - supplies will be limited at last minute. You may also be interested in hurricane screen found online at your local home improvement store. They can also be professionally installed. Another option available are door barriers that help block water from entering your home.
  • Evacuation plan: know the evacuation routes in your area and familiarize yourself with shelters nearby. If authorities issue an evacuation order, follow it promptly and bring your emergency kit with you.
  • Protect important documents: keep important documents, such as insurance policies, identification papers, and medical records, in waterproof containers or bags. Consider making digital copies and storing them securely online. 
  • Stock up on supplies: ensure you have an ample supply of food, water, medications and other necessary items to sustain your household for several days. Remember to include supplies for pets, if applicable. Fill the bathtub with water that can be used for pet drinking water. You will also want to buy food that doesn't need to be heated or kept cold. Canned goods is always a good choice, along with some produce. Be sure to buy early and not last minute! Being prepared is key. 
  • Communication plan: have a plan for staying connected with family and friends during and after the hurricane. Establish a designated point of contact outside of the affected area who can serve as a central communication hub.
  • Power and utilities: have a backup power source such as a generator, along with fuel and appropriate electrical cords. Be aware of how to safely operate a generator and never use it indoors. Fill up vehicle gas tanks ahead of time. You will also want to buy in advance. Don't wait until last minute! You may also want to grab a solar-powered phone charger. 
  • Insurance coverage: Review your insurance policies, including homeowners or renters insurance, to ensure you have adequate coverage for potential damages cause by hurricanes. Consider flood insurance if you live in a flood-prone area.

Remember, it's crucial to stay updated with information from local authorities and follow their instructions. Being prepared in advance can help you mitigate risks and ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones during a hurricane.