In Florida, the six month period between June and December can develop powerful hurricanes that change lives. We’ve seen pictures and videos of the lengthy lines at home improvement stores and grocery stores for plywood and batteries and the bumper-to-bumper traffic at the gas station just to find out that there’s no more gas. To save some of the hassle right before the storm, here’s a checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the next hurricane that hits our area.
Listen to Local News and Check The Latest Weather Updates
When prepping for a hurricane, it’s crucial to see when a storm will hit the local area. Minutes can matter in this situation. That’s why keeping the TV on as long as possible to listen to updates or use a backup FM radio (some phones have the ability to connect to FM radio) to ensure you and your family will be safe. Also check websites like weather.com to look at detailed paths and other important information.
Make Sure You and Your House Are Ready
If the storm is approaching within the next few days, take the necessary precautions to keep you safe. Bring in items that can easily be picked up with wind like patio furniture, umbrellas, and bicycles. Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature setting and keep it closed as much as possible during the storm. Create an evacuation plan and discuss it with your family if you live near an area prone to damage during extreme weather events. Board up windows if possible (duct tape provides very little protection for windows) and keep your doors locked and closed as much as possible.
Have Supplies Ready
Essential goods are needed for storms in case electricity fails. Have enough water for three days (1 gal. per person per day) as well as food (non-perishable, easy to prepare foods are recommended). Have a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, personal hygiene items, portable batteries and chargers for smartphones, extra cash, pet and/or baby supplies, 7-day supply of medication, and any other essentials for a severe weather event. Generators are also handy for backup power but make sure to use it properly.
After The Storm, Inspect The Area For Any Damage
After the storm has passed entirely, check on neighbors, especially elderly ones, and your valuables. Stay alert for any additional rainfall or subsequent flooding even after the major storm has moved away. Take pictures of damage to show your insurance company and report any emergencies like washed out roads or downed power lines to local officials. If there is damage to your home AC system, call us and we’ll help you every step of the way.
Hopefully, this hurricane season doesn’t bring any disastrous events to our local area but if it does, this info can help keep you and your family safe.