Did you know that hurricane season spans from June – November? We’re in the middle of it here in Florida and fortunately, it’s been pretty mild for us so far. That said, it’s extremely important to know what to do if and when a storm’s heading your way.
Listen for updates from your local news station to see where the storm’s heading and how it might impact you. Find out if you live in an evacuation area (usually near the water or area that floods easily). There are also some important phrases to know the difference between:
- Tropical storm warning: Strong winds are expected within 36 hours
- Tropical storm watch: Conditions are expected within 48 hours
- Hurricane categories 1-2: Strong winds ranging from 75-110 mph that can cause some/extensive damage
- Hurricane categories 3-5: Considered “major.” Winds 111-157+ mph that will cause devasting/catastrophic damage.
Come Up With A Plan
If you need to evacuate, where will you go? Do you have pets to take care of (make sure they can come with you)? Make sure you also let friends and family know your plan so they know you’re safe!
Stock Up On Supplies
If a big storm is coming your way, you’ll have to consider that your power might go out. Here are a few key items to stock up on:
- 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day) and food (canned or boxed that doesn’t require refrigeration or use of appliances)
- Flashlights + batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Tools/supplies to secure home
- Books + other non-electronic activities
Create A Hurricane Preparedness Kit
If you’re evacuating your home, you’ll want to pack a box filled with important documents and items dearest to you to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Examples of items include:
- Birth, marriage, and/or adoption certificates
- Insurance policy information
- Mortgage/home and car titles
- Laptop and/or drives with your digital files and photos
Have you ever had to prepare for a hurricane? What tips do you have?