Florida is known for year-round sunshine and swaying palms, but an unfortunate downside is the hurricane season, which lasts from June through October. From the proper way to bolster your windows to ways to prepare for possible flooding, this blog is a quick guide on how to prepare your home for a hurricane and protect your biggest investment.
Have a Plan
Make sure you and your family have a plan in place just in case you lose access to basic services such as power and water. The Florida Department of Emergency Management provides an interactive online tool, called Get a Plan!, which helps families stay prepared. You can also track the progress of a storm through the National Hurricane Center’s website, which provides the most up-to-date information on weather developments.
Make a Kit
It’s very important to know which items are essential to your family’s needs in case of an emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management recommends that you maintain a well-stocked disaster supply kit to last you and your family a minimum of one week. While each individual or family’s kit differs based on personal needs, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Secure Your Home
Knowing how to secure your home in preparation for a storm is very helpful and can protect your biggest investment against damaging winds and storm surges. Here are a few suggestions for ways to prepare your home:
Place to Stay
In case a situation arises where you need to leave your home, it’s important to know of a nearby place of safety. While you may have friends and family that you can stay with during a storm, it’s helpful to know of a local shelter as well. The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters on their website. If you have a disability or special needs such as a medical condition, you should register with your local emergency management office.
It’s vital to stay connected during a weather emergency so you can follow all the latest updates. The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline that is activated to provide up-to-date information on emergency situations in the state of Florida. The SAIL hotline number is 1-800-342-3557. You can also monitor hurricanes using FEMA’s app which is available for mobile, or follow social hashtags such as #HurricanePrep.
Now that you and your family are prepared, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy that Florida sunshine. For more tips on Florida living, ‘like’ WCI Tampa on Facebook.