Hurricane Season Starts June 1st, but Flooding Is Happening Now! Are you Prepared?

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hurricaneAs I was preparing to write a post regarding your emergency preparation items for hurricane season, which starts June 1st, the Daytona Beach area simultaneously began experiencing extreme flooding after 6 straight days of often torrential rain. And it's not finished yet. Weather reporters are predicting possible record-breaking rain for the month of May. So your Emergency Preparation Items may apply to the current rain and flooding problems, as well as your usual, advance preparation items for Hurricane Season.

I'm blessed to live in a neighborhood of Port Orange that as far as I know, has never flooded. Even as our swimming pool continues to overflow, it immediately drains into the many drainage ponds in the area. As a matter of fact, if you're considering buying real estate in the Daytona Beach area, I recommend that you buy a house in Port Orange. Any homes located in a neighborhood with a good Home Owner's Association, and homes built within the last 20 years, are likely to be at an elevation that is high enough to avoid flooding (with some exceptions).

Since hurricane season begins June 1st, it's time to get your Emergency Preparation Kit together. And it's not too late to gather most of these items for the current flooding as well.

Unlike the mad rush before a hurricane, at this current time, during the heavy rains and localized flooding, you can still find plenty of stores open where you can buy food, water, batteries, baby needs, pet needs, medications, gasoline, do your banking, and purchase personal items you'll need if you have to evacuate (although you may have to swim there).

But the rain is not finished yet, and there are some things you may not have considered. First of all, make sure you have your photos, birth certificates, social security cards, driver's licenses, bank account numbers, and things of this nature. Keep them sealed in a reliable plastic container, and make sure you have it with you, if you evacuate your home. During times when there is a possible power outtage, be sure to also have plenty of CASH! Banks will be closed, and ATM's will not work if rainthere is a power outage. You should also fill all vehicle tanks with gasoline well before a hurricance starts to get close.

Also of great importance; for insurance purposes you should video tape all of your belongings. If you do not have a video camera, you can take photos instead. If you've used the old-fashioned method and have physical tapes and/or paper photos, you'll need to seal them in plastic containers and store them in a safe, dry place. The better method is to have everything digitally photographed or video-taped, and stored on CDs, DVD's, memory sticks, and flash drives. Again, keep everything in a dry, safe place. But unless you've scanned ALL your memories into digital form, you probably have old photos, baby books and other sentimental items that cannot be replaced. I personally keep these items in a Rubbermaid container at all times. If it's ever necessary, I can grab the container and take it with me.

If during a time of emergency, you've had to evacuate your home and you're going to a shelter, and as most families do, you your furrier family members (aka pets), you should call ahead to see if pets are allowed at the shelters, or find out if you need to board them at a safe and reliable animal shelter! But you should prepare for your pets, the same as you would for the rest of your family. Remember to bring their food, water, carriers, any medications, collars, ID tags, leashes, and even their comfort items such as toys or blankets. And if you'll all be together at a shelter, muzzles are usually required for dogs.

Last but not least for this blog post, if you're staying home during a power outage and are using a generator, remember to never run it indoors or in the garage. A generator should only be run in a well-ventilated area. Also use caution when storing the fuel for your generators.

I have NOT covered all the items you'll need for you emergency preparedness kits since I decided to cover two types of emergencies in this blog. So be sure to follow the links below, in order to be fully prepared for whatever nature throws your way.

Hurricane Preparation Tips

Emergency Supply Kits

Disaster Preparedness Guide

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Comments (1)

Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

This could be a very interesting hurricane season if it's anything like this year has been so far. You are so prepared for everything! Hope you have a nice weekend.

May 23, 2009 09:42 AM

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