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Florida Hurricane Preparation Guide


Florida Hurricane Preparation Guide


1. Understanding Hurricane Risks

Hurricanes are powerful storms that can cause severe damage through high winds, heavy rain, storm surges, and flooding. Florida, due to its geographic location, is particularly susceptible to these storms, typically during the hurricane season from June 1 to November 30.


 2. Emergency Contacts and Communication Plan

- Emergency Contacts: Compile a list of essential contacts, including local emergency management offices, utility companies, medical facilities, and insurance providers.
- Family Communication Plan: Establish a communication strategy for your family. Designate an out-of-state contact person who everyone can check in with.


3. Prepare an Emergency Kit

Ensure you have a well-stocked emergency kit that includes:

- Water (at least one gallon per person per day for three days)
- Non-perishable food (three-day supply)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (seven-day supply)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Personal hygiene items
- Important documents (copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records)
- Cash
- Blankets and clothing
- Pet supplies (if applicable)


4. Home Preparation

Structural Safety:

- Roof: Ensure it’s securely fastened and consider installing straps or clips to hold the roof to the walls.
- Windows and Doors: Install storm shutters or board up windows with plywood. Ensure doors are sturdy and can withstand high winds.
- Yard: Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Trim or remove trees and branches that could fall on your home.


- Power: Consider purchasing a portable generator and know how to use it safely.
- Gas and Water: Learn how to turn off gas, electricity, and water.


5. Evacuation Plan

- Know Your Zone: Determine if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. You can find this information on your local emergency management website.
- Routes and Shelters: Plan your evacuation route and identify the nearest shelters. Make sure to account for pets, as not all shelters accept them.
- Transportation: Have a plan for transportation, especially if you do not own a vehicle.


6. Insurance and Documentation

- Review Insurance Policies: Ensure your homeowner’s insurance covers hurricane damage. Consider flood insurance, as standard policies do not cover flood damage.
- Document Assets: Take photos or videos of your property and possessions for insurance claims.


7. During the Hurricane

- Stay Informed: Keep tuned to local news and weather updates.
- Stay Indoors: Find a safe room or area in your home, preferably without windows.
- Power Off: Turn off utilities if instructed by authorities.


8. After the Hurricane

- Safety First: Avoid flooded areas and downed power lines. Use flashlights instead of candles.
- Check for Damage: Assess your property for damage and document it for insurance claims.
- Seek Assistance: Contact your insurance company to start the claims process. Reach out to local authorities for aid and information.


Additional Resources

- Florida Division of Emergency Management: (https://www.floridadisaster.org)
- National Hurricane Center: (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): (https://www.fema.gov)


By following this guide, you can significantly increase your readiness for hurricane season. Stay informed, prepared, and safe! As always if I can help with anything real estate related, call or text me at 727-401-5324.

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