Another Hurricane Season is upon us!
Being prepared for the Florida hurricane season is crucial. Here are some things to remember before the hurricane strikes.
Have a plan. Have a place to go if you get evacuated or choose to leave your home. Keep in mind when deciding where to go that Florida's large metropolitan areas may have hotels that fill up quickly, so make a reservation before you leave. Also, don't delay departure and be prepared to wait in traffic.
Keep a hurricane supply kit that can accommodate 3-7 days if need be. Your hurricane kit should include water, 1 gallon per day per person, non-perishable canned and packaged food, non-electric can opener, food for infants and pets, any medications, paper plates and plastic utensils, first aid kit, toiletries, flashlights and batteries, battery charged radio, cash in small bills (ATM machines may not be running), and important documents.
Make arrangements for your pets in case you need to evacuate. Have a current photo, up to date vaccinations, and the correct size pet carrier as the pet shelters will require these things. Make sure that your dog or cat has a collar with current contact information and ID on it. Contact pet shelters, veterinary clinics, or friends/relatives if you need to leave your pet, although many hotels are pet friendly during a hurricane. If you have any questions regarding your pet during a storm you can contact your Humane Society's Disaster Center.
Secure your home. Florida weather can change very quickly so do not wait until the last minute to put up hurricane shutters or wood panels. Bring all outdoor furniture and decor as not to have potential flying objects that can damage your home or your neighbor's home. Defrost your refrigerator and freezer, and throw away any food items that may become rotten. If you have to leave your home you do not want to come home to a mess!
Lastly, check your insurance coverage, flood damage is not usually covered by a homeowner’s policy. Keep your cell phone charged up and your car and gas grill filled with fuel.
Be safe this hurricane season!