Are you ready for the storm? Hurricanes and strong storms are a common occurrence in Florida. Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the U.S. (according to ready.gov) It is a good idea to be prepared ahead of time and have an emergency hurricane/storm plan. There are many things you can do to prepare for strong storms and hurricanes.
Know Your Risk.
Start preparing now. Find out how heavy rain, water, and wind effect the area where you live. Remember, hurricanes effect more than just coastal areas.
Have An Emergency Plan.
Every person in your household should know exactly what to do. Keep in mind that everyone may not be in the same place (office, daycare, school, etc.). Remember to include your pets in your plan.
After a strong storm or hurricane you may not have access to supplies for days or weeks.
- Grillable foods – A great idea if the power goes out
- Propane/Charcoal – So you are able to cook
- Can goods – These can last a while
- Don’t forget pet food
- Fuel your vehicles – Gas stations may not be available
- Bottled Water – If city water shuts down
- Get Cash – ATM’s will not work if your area does not have power
Ready Your House For The Storm.
- Have important documents? Make sure they are in a (waterproof) zip lock bag in a safe. Store your safe in a high and dry location.
- Trim the trees that are in close proximity to your house. Flying branches can go right through screens and windows.
- Over chlorinate your swimming pool when a storm is coming.
- Do not cover your pool.
- Do not drain your pool.
- Remove all patio and deck objects from outside. They can become projectile objects and cause more damage.
- Secure windows and doors.
- Declutter drains and gutters.
- Consider hurricane shutters.