Preparing your Home for Hurricanes
March 14, 2022
If you are new to Florida or have never experienced a hurricane, it can be a very stressful event. Even those who have lived in Florida a long time and have experienced a hurricane know just how stressful it can be. It is best to be prepared to be without power for 3-7 days.
There are 3 phases to be aware of: Pre-Hurricane, During the Hurricane and Post Hurricane.
Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Starting June 1 it is best to have some Hurricane Preparedness supplies on hand. You will need to make sure you have the following:
- Water - one gallon per person per day for 3-7 days
- Food - non-perishable food like canned meats, fruit, vegetable, crackers
- Battery-powered radio, Flashlights, Batteries
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
- Manual can opener
- Cell phone, chargers, backup battery
- Prescription medications and Non-prescription medications
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Fire extinguisher
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- It is important that you keep your important documents such as your insurance policies, titles, identification such as Passports, bank account records saved in a waterproof, and portable container.
- If you are in a flood zone you will want to get sandbags.
During a Hurricane
There is a difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that hurricane/tropical storm force winds are possible within 48 hours. A warning means hurricane/tropical storm force winds are anticipated. Hurricanes can and do change course frequently so one needs to be vigilant.
There are several dangers associated with a hurricane. Besides the wind and rain there is also the possibilities of tornados, storm surges and flooding. If your area is under an evacuation order it is best to heed that order. Once the hurricane arrives, emergency vehicles will not be able to reach you should you require help. Should you decide to evacuate to a shelter or out of the area, take your emergency kit with you.
If you are staying in your home, stay indoors because the strong winds will blow things like tree branches around. Make sure your home shutters are secured in place. If you are in an area prone to flooding, make sure you have your sandbags in place around your doors. You will also want to secure your garage door.
After the Hurricane
Once the hurricane passes you will be tempted to venture outdoors. Depending on the severity of the storm, tree branches and other debris will be in the roadways as will down power lines. Avoid standing water as they may have a downed power line in it. Traffic lights may not be working if there are power outages. Roads will be flooded so avoid driving on any flooded roads. If you have evacuated to a shelter or out of the area do not try to return until you are told it is safe to.
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