Hurricane Season is HERE
It's hurricane season. Why wait until you're in the cone of uncertainty to prepare?
Determine your risk
Find out what rain, wind and water hazards could happen where you live.
Hurricanes bring many hazards to the Florida coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rain, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.
Develop an evacuation plan
If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, here are some tips to help plan:
- Identify trusted sources for evacuation orders
- Have multiple options of where to go and how to get there
- Have a "go bag" of supplies
- Plan for your pets and kids
- Be prepared to leave immediately
Assemble hurricane emergency kit
It's important to have enough supplies before disaster strikes, but also enough supplies for the aftermath. Electricity and water could be out for at least three days, so prepare accordingly.
- Food and water
- A full tank of gas
- Medicine and prescriptions
- Batteries, phone chargers, radio
Don't forget to plan for pets and kids as well.
With COVID-19, it's also recommended to have a few extra masks, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectant wipes as well.
Get an insurance checkup
Before disaster strikes, check in with your insurance agent to make sure your policies are up to date.
- Make sure you have enough homeowners insurance for repairs or replacement if needed
- Check coverage for your car and boat, too
- Keep documents with you
Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. It's a separate policy
Strengthen your home
If you're riding out the storm in your house, here's how you can make sure it's in good shape if a storm passes through:
- Cover windows: Have proper plywood or metal panels to board up the windows
- Trim trees
- Secure all doors
- Secure loose outdoor items, patio furniture
- Move your car to a safe location
Help your neighbor
Before and after hurricanes and during evacuations, check in with your neighbors, especially senior citizens.
Complete a written plan
Write down your hurricane preparedness plan now, before it's too late:
- Have a contact list (family, friends, doctors, utilities, vet, etc.)
- Have at least one contact outside the storm impact area
- Keep your important documents together
- Know your evacuation zone
- Determine where you'll go if evacuated
- Have your supplies ready