Hurricane Season 2013-Tips for Getting Prepared-What You Can Do NOW!

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 Hurricane Season 2013- Tips for Getting Prepared-What You Can Do NOW!  

 The 2013 Hurricane Season (June 1)  is expected to be an above-average season and for those ofHurricane us in Palm Beach County that means making sure you’re prepared NOW!

We’ve been very lucky these past yearsbut we can’t take that for granted.  The best thing you can do for you and for you family is to do what you can to be prepared should a hurricane strike here.

Be Prepared- Don’t say “I should get ready” Just do it!


Here’s what you can do now to get prepared for the hurricane season!


1.  Know What To Do!  Don’t wait until the last minute to find out what to do from your local news station.  There are many resources including the National Hurricane Center, FEMA and our own Palm Beach County government services.

2.  Check your insurance policies.  You need to find out when insurance companies will cease writing new policies and what your policy covers.  If you want to be covered for flood damage you will need a separate flood insurance policy.

3. Create a “TO GO” box.  This is something you can quickly grab should you have to evacuate.

4.  Locate and Have Ready & Secure Your Important Numbers.  This includes insurance policies, contact numbers for friends and family, account numbers and passwords.  Most of us have much of our information stored in the clouds, but not everything is! Don’t forget doctor’s numbers, prescriptions, and medical records.

Water5.   Create a Family Plan and discuss it with your family.  If you have young children you can get them involved and help alleviate their fears by discussing what might happen and what your plans are.  They can pack their own little “ToGo” backpack.

6. Know Before You Go!  If you have to evacuate know where the hurricane shelters are.  If you have pets, you will need to find out which shelters accept pets.  If you go to a shelter you will need to bring identification and a utility bill. Do not rely solely on your GPS.   Get a real map.

7.  Don’t Sink Your Boat!  If your boat is in the water you will need to decide how to secure it.  Have extra rope on hand to allow for rising waters.   If you want to store it elsewhere don’t wait until a hurricane to make arrangements.

8.  Start collecting your water!  Remember....1 gallon per person per day.  Everytime you go to the store, pick up 2 or 3 gallons of water. Don’t wait until everyone else is running to the store for this!  

Check your supply of batteries and flashlights.

9.  If you have hurricane shutters, locate them and make sure you know how to install them.  When a hurricane is approaching, trying to get someone to come out and install them could prove to be difficult.

If you do not have shutters and plan on boarding up your windows get the boards cut NOW.  Mark
which window they go to .  

DO NOT tape your windows.  Instead of small bits of glass flying at you, taping them could create large glass shards coming at you.

10. Get comfortable Texting.  When everyone is trying to call, texting is often the best way to communicate.  If you have a family member in your area or a neighbor who cannot text, take some time to teach them.

11.  If you have a generator make sure you know how to work it; check to make sure it can run (especially since you probably haven’t used it in a year or more if at all); and make sure you hurricane shelterhave fuel for it.

12.  Get it trimmed now!  The time to trim is NOT when a hurricane is coming.  Those branches and limbs will be missiles if they aren’t picked up.

13. Check your cars!  The last thing you want is to be standing on the side of the road trying to start your car while a hurricane is coming.


Start getting prepared NOW! Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30!  


Part 2- What do you put in your “To Go” Box?

Part 3- “She’s” coming-Now What Do You Do?



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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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That is one "season" that terrifies me.  Lucky for me it only really applies to me if I'm planning on taking a cruise...not much of a threat here like Florida.

May 23, 2013 04:37 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

My husband and I were talking about Hurricane season last night. It's such a foreign concept to most of us who live on the West coast. Frankly, I just can't imagine - it seems so frightening. Kathy, your advice to " be prepared"  is exactly how to save lives.

May 23, 2013 06:04 AM #17
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

I am not making any predictions but to say WE HAVE BEEN VERY LUCKY!!!!!

May 23, 2013 07:20 AM #18
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional
This time of year I am glad I live where I do. Whether it is a hurricane or a tornado it can be devisatating. Your be prepared advice is priceless.
May 23, 2013 09:29 AM #19
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Dont forget to fill the tub to flush the toilet bowl or use the pool water

A propane grill to heat the coffee/ tea and bacon & eggs

...and hot water to wash your face

Candles & matches

flashlights and batteries

cooler with dry ice ready to keep food cold

canned goods - can opener

chinette and utensils


May 23, 2013 09:32 AM #20
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I would hope that the hurricane season is uneventful . . . . but we have be prepare for the worst.

Thanks for sharing the hurricane preparation tips.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 23, 2013 11:18 AM #21
Sheila Morales
Kauai Property Shop - Kapaa, HI
Your Kauai Hawaii Agent

Great post.  This also presents an excellent opportunity to reach out and touch your clients with an email or tips postcard if you live in a hurricane area.

May 23, 2013 03:37 PM #22
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Excellent post, Kathy. Great List to be posted in personal and public places in locations known to be in hurricane paths.

May 23, 2013 03:48 PM #23
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Kathy, great Hurricane advice. I hope this year is calm and we avoid any storms hitting the US

May 23, 2013 08:08 PM #24
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kathy.  Great blog about being prepared before the disaster occurs.

May 23, 2013 08:17 PM #25
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy I have a granddaughter who lives in tornado alley.  After one I like I would be done and gone. :)

May 23, 2013 09:00 PM #26
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Kathy, after the info we got yesterday about the tough hurricane season ahead, I am again considering doing the whole generator seems to be our norm from now on...great share!

May 23, 2013 09:01 PM #27
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!
Great list of things to do now, I am looking forward to your list of items to put in the disaster box.
May 23, 2013 09:02 PM #28
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Glad we don't have them here but super advice for folks that do and need tips.

May 23, 2013 09:59 PM #29
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Great list and great information Kathy.  My in laws live in Miami and do these things every year in preparation for the hurricane season.  Say stafe!

May 23, 2013 10:01 PM #30
Michael Gendreau
Edina Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
Edina Realty

glad we don't have to worry about hurricanes just tornados and blizzards.

May 23, 2013 10:37 PM #31
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Kathy - after last year, your post is a horrible reminder that we can't ignore hurricane warnings. I hope you find that this year's hurricane season is mild and that you and all around you remain safe.

May 24, 2013 02:55 AM #33
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

This is a great list for anyone who lives in Tornado Alley. Be safe this year and look up at all times.

May 24, 2013 05:02 AM #34
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

Such a timely post, Kathy! The Weather Channel just released its updated Atlantic Hurricane Season 2013 prediction to coincide with NOAA's prediction - and it ain't pretty. Above-average season, even for what we've seen recently, with a significant amount of named storms. I really hope we don't have another 2005 on our hands.

We've been hit here in Virginia Beach twice in the last two years, and we've been REALLY lucky considering:  Sandy assaulted us for three days while heading north, but only with her western edge, and while Irene's eye went right over us, it wasn't as bad a storm as was originally predicted. We're preparing just in case our luck runs out this year!

One thing I'd add to this list - a weather radio, either hand-crank or with extra batteries. It helps you monitor the storm when your power goes out and if the cell towers go down (so you can't watch the radar/get updates on your phone). 

May 24, 2013 05:56 AM #35
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Again? Kathy you always come out with very thoughtful suggestions, I hope you didn't have to learn the hard way.

May 28, 2013 12:15 PM #36
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