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Hurricane Prep Tips

Katie Rice
Jun 5 4 minutes read

It's that time of year for us Floridians, native or not, to prepare and get ready for hurricanes to potentially head our way. We never know what kind of season we're going to get, but it's always best to be prepared. We've broken down the best ways to get prepared for before, during and after a hurricane.


Before

The most important step to preparing for a hurricane is before it hits. Being stocked up and having a prep kit makes it easier in case of a last minute emergency.

  • Items to bring in from outside your house
    • bird feeders and other lawn decor
    • chairs, outdoor furniture
    • grill
    • hanging plants or other objects
    • walkway lights
  • Items to stock up from the store
    • canned goods
    • water
    • portable charger
    • battery
    • toilet paper
    • batteries
    • battery operated radio
    • any necessary medication
  • Stock up on any necessary medication
  • Clear gutters and drains, ensure the roof is in good condition
  • Cut back any limbs or plants that could damage your home or belongings with potential severe winds
  • Gather all important documents (birth certificates, social security, insurance, etc.) are all in a safe, dry and accessible place
  • Invest in a generator if you do not already own one
  • Make sure to grab some board games or cards to entertain the family in case the power goes out during the storm
  • Locate your shelter and find out what flood zone you are in if you are not already aware
  • Have an evacuation plan in case of emergency- where you will go, how you will get there and how you will communicate with friends and family
  • If you have pets and are not able to bring them with you, find out where you can house them
    • Here are some local shelters that will house pets in case of an evacuation 


Several days out from a hurricane hitting

This is where your pre-hurricane prep will come in. It will save you a headache and allow you to avoid the crowds.

  • Make sure you fill up your gas tank and grab a couple additional gallons as well
  • Charge your cellphone and portable charger
  • Turn your fridge and freezer to the coldest setting and only open when necessary if the power will be going out
  • If you have storm shutters, make sure they are installed and secured
  • If flooding is predicted to happen in your area, unplug and ensure all electrical wires, devices are moved off the floor and placed in a high setting


During

If you are not familiar with hurricanes or have not been through one before, they can look scarier than they actually are. Winds can howl and it can rain hard, but when you pay attention to your surroundings and are tuned into news updates you will be prepared to weather the storm. Here are some things to keep in mind during the storm:

  • Frequently check the news for updates and the hurricane tracker
  • If the power goes out, bring out those board games to keep the family entertained and make the time go by faster
  • If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately and check traffic patterns for any slow downs, closed roads and alternate routes
  • In the event of an evacuation, stay off the bridges and make sure to check for alternate routes


After 

Even though the storm has passed, there are still some precautions to keep in mind. 

  • Stay cautious when driving on flooded or wet roads
  • Do not touch any electrical wires and outlets if there is standing water or was previously standing water
  • Take pictures of any damages that were made before cleaning up in order to claim with insurance


Everyone stay safe and make sure to keep others in mind when things start to get hectic in case of an emergency! Here are a couple other great resources to refer to for any questions: Weather.gov & Ready.gov

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