How to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is officially from June 1 to November 30 and even in paradise we have to prepare for the possibility of more than just afternoon showers. Now is the time to review the basics of hurricane preparedness to ensure your piece of Southwest Florida real estate, and your family, stays protected.
If you are a seasonal resident and have returned north for the summer, it’s still a good idea to review these tips. At the very least, be sure to check on your homeowner’s insurance as well as whether your home meets cu
rrent hurricane building code standards. You may also want to check out Closing Your Florida Home for the Summer, which offers additional tips on keeping your home safe and secure while you are away.
The 5 Step Hurricane Prep
- The first order of business is knowing your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind, as well as what evacuation zone you live in. Once you know this information you can develop a realistic evacuation plan that includes meet up points with family and the best routes to follow out of town.
- Now is also the time to check on your insurance policy. Flooding is not covered by standard homeowner’s insurance, so make sure you have a separate policy for it and keep in mind that there is a 30 day waiting period before flood coverage kicks in. Don’t delay on getting this coverage activated.
- Another step that it pays to get a jump on, is gathering your supplies. Don’t wait until the storm is on its way. That’s often when many people flock to stores which only results in long lines and empty shelves. Get a big container ready with supplies you may need to get through the storm like flashlights and a battery powered radio, as well as enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each family member a week – just in case you are left without electricity and water. Another good back up item to purchase is a portable or solar powered USB charger to keep cell phones up and running and the lines of communication open.
- It’s also a good practice to keep a list of emergency contacts including county law enforcement, fire and rescue, hospitals, utility companies, radio and TV stations, and emergency management offices.
- Securing the integrity of your home is another key step toward the safety of your family and belongings. Make sure your home is up to current hurricane building code specifications. You may be surprised at how easy and inexpensive it is to have the proper hardware retrofitted to board up your home and bring it to a higher safety standard that can withstand the winds of a hurricane.We have been fortunate over the last several years but you never know what the hurricane season may bring. Proper planning and preparation is essential, but our hope is that this hurricane season will pass by as nothing more than another warm Gulfshore breeze.
We have been fortunate over the last several years but you never know what the hurricane season may bring. Proper planning and preparation is essential, but our hope is that this hurricane season will pass by as nothing more than another warm Gulfshore breeze.
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