Time for Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?
While hurricane season in the Atlantic doesn’t officially start until June 1st, the first storm of the season has already made an appearance; but rest easy, this season is predicted to be a pretty average one for hurricanes. While it’s good news that Florida isn’t expecting worse than average storms this season, it is good to keep in mind that an “average” season means that residents should expect 4 to 8 hurricanes by November 30th.
Hurricane damage on land takes the form of water damage or wind damage. Water damage can be due to heavy rains, flooding, storm surge, and/or storm tide. Wind damage is caused by sustained high winds or tornados formed within the hurricane.
- Consider buying a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver. These devices are recommended for keeping informed during a storm about hurricane watches and evacuation alerts.
- Make your home ready well in advance.
- Make sure that you have adequate supplies on hand in advance of storm season. Your stock should be able to last you a minimum of 3 days.
- Basic supplies you'll need include:
- 1 gallon of water per person per day.
- Canned or pre-made packaged foods. Ideally, these should be things that you can eat cold if need be.
- First aid kit & prescription drugs for any family member who requires them.
- Flashlights, with extra batteries
- Sleeping bags/bedding
- Know where you need to evacuate to.
- When a storm is bad enough that there is an evacuation, it’s best to have a good idea where you need to go. To discover your zone and evacuation route, check out the Florida Disaster site
- If the call comes to evacuate, do it.
- While you should only evacuate your area if the authorities tell you to do so, it is vitally important that if they call for evacuation that you go.
Being prepared for a hurricane can make a huge difference in how safe that you and your family feel during the storm season. Being unsure of what you need to do can make the whole situation much scarier than it needs to be. Check out the Tropical Cyclone preparedness guide for more information about how you can prepare for storms this season.