Hurricanes are some of the most powerful forces that Mother Nature can muster. With winds in the hundreds of miles per hour, there is no end to the damage and destruction these storms can leave in their wake.
Hurricane season runs from June through October, and Florida can expect an average of one or two of these storms to make landfall each year. The height of activity is in August and September, so it’s more important than ever to stay safe and be prepared. Here are some of the most important steps you can take to be ready if a hurricane strikes.
Make Your Hurricane Kit
It’s better to be prepared ahead of time than to be rushing to the store with the rest of the state when a storm is on the way. By building your emergency hurricane survival kit now, you can ensure that it is well stocked. Supplies are short when a storm is on the way, after all.
Here’s a complete list of what you should have stored in a clean, dry place in your home:
- 3 days worth of clean water and non-perishable food
- Can opener
- Water proof flashlights
- Radio that runs on batteries
- Toilet paper and other sanitation supplies
- A water tight container to store money and important documents
- Source of fire, such as lighter or matches
- Enough batteries for your emergency electronics
- Supplies for pets, babies, or other special considerations
- A cooler and ice packs to store in it
- First aid kit and any medications you need to take
Secure Your Home
When the forecast does predict a hurricane landing in your region, there are important steps to take in order to protect your home, property, and family.
- Take in anything outside that could become a dangerous projectile, such as outdoor furniture, bikes, lawn decorations, trash cans, and garden equipment.
- Cover your windows. Hurricane strength shutters or wood secured outside of your home can prevent the windows from being shattered during the storm.
- Clean your gutters at the beginning of every hurricane season. There will be an excess of water falling on your roof, and if it doesn’t have a clear escape route, it will find its way into your home.
- Trim back trees that are near your home to minimize falling branches.
Prepare for Power Loss
Losing power is a very common occurrence during hurricanes. In order to minimize the impact that loss of power has on your life, take these preventative measures:
- Charge your cell phone and other devices before a storm, and restrict their use to emergencies until power returns.
- Withdraw cash from the bank because ATMs and credit card readers may be disabled for some time following a hurricane.
- Freeze as much food as possible when a storm is approaching. If you lose power, the food will last longer if it is already frozen.
- Keep your gas tanks full. If you wait until the storm is approaching, the gas stations may run out of gas due to increased demand and limited supply.
Stay Safe This Hurricane Season
Play it smart. Hurricanes are no joke. Take the necessary steps to prepare yourself today so that you aren’t caught off guard tomorrow.