Hurricane season begins June 1st – Are You Ready?

Real Estate Agent with Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida

Since we live in Florida, we need to keep our family safe this storm season.  Like every other state, Florida is dealing with dire economic realities that already have forced severe cutbacks for all of us.  All the more reason for Floridians to prepare to have a plan, to stock away the supplies we will need and to pay careful attention as storms head our way.

First, you should make a family disaster plan.  If you need help - go online to or

 Second, you need to refer to the hurricane evacuation map to see where you live and your evacuation zone.  Determine if and when you would have to evacuate.  REMEMBER - ALL MOBILE HOME RESIDENTS MUST EVACUATE REGARDLESS OF LOCATION.  If you have to evacuate, decide now where you would go - to a friend, relative, hotel, public shelter or out of the region.

Third, Check your disaster supply kit and add any items you need. Your disaster kit might include:  non-perishable foods, drinking water, flashlights, batteries, portable radio, first aid kit, mosquito repellent, coolers for food and ice, clean up supplies, camera, plastic trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, manual can opener, cash, pillows and blankets.  I am sure you can add more items to this list.

Fourth - Inventory your property on paper or video.  Store all important papers and inventory in a safe place, maybe with a relative out of state.

You will need to purchase materials such as storm shelters, ply wood, or a battery powered radio.  Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.  Also, make sure your car is filled with gas.

 Hope the tips keep you and your family safe throughout 2009 season from June 1 through November 30.





Comments (14)

Robert Schwabe
Herron Real Estate - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Sharon - Great tips. We have been lucky here in the Jacksonville area the last few years. I'm hoping that it is a quiet season.

May 29, 2009 03:41 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sharon, hopefully this year we won't have any direct hits on Florida. Ike was bad for us last year in Texas.

May 29, 2009 03:52 PM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Robert - We have been lucky the past few years and I hope we will be spared this year.

May 29, 2009 03:52 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Sharon, Great tips but UGH; we are still getting over all the effects of Hurricane Ike.

May 29, 2009 03:53 PM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Gary - Yes, I remember Ike. Hope Texas is spared this year too! 

May 29, 2009 03:55 PM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Marchel - It takes a few years for an area to get back to normal.  Hope we will not have to deal with any this year.

May 29, 2009 03:57 PM
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

Hi Sharon, We don't have hurricanes, but we do have fires!  Same strategies apply, and interesting that the seasons are at the same time as well!!!

May 29, 2009 03:59 PM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Wanda - Thanks for that information, and that is interesting that the seasons are the same time.  I guess you don't have as much time to prepare to leave. How much notice do they give you?

May 29, 2009 04:06 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Sharon,

You know I just heard that on the news this a.m. Hopefully it won't be like last year.

Here in SoCal we always need to be prepared for earthquakes 365 days a year.

May 29, 2009 04:46 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


So far we never left Daytona for any hurricane, but we live in a condo, so it has less affect on condo dwellers, than on residents of single family homes. We did  not even lose power and were watching the progress of the hurricane on TV.

But it still annoying and aggravating.

May 29, 2009 04:59 PM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Lynda - I can't even imagine earthquakes - for you never have a warning. 

May 29, 2009 05:06 PM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Jon - Personally - if a hurricane is coming to this coast - I am getting out of Florida.

May 29, 2009 05:10 PM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Sharon, I hope we have a quiet hurricane season this year.  When I lived in Houston, I headed up to Austin if there was even a hint of a bad storm heading in

May 30, 2009 04:24 AM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Shirley - I sure hope we have a quiet season this year.  How do you like living in San Antonio?

Jun 01, 2009 01:15 PM