Hurricane Season 2018...It’s Time to Prepare

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Hurricane Season 2018...It’s Time to Prepare

As we learned from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it is never too soon hurricane irmato prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

Various sources have predicted a “near normal” to “above normal” season but let’s face it, it will be what it will be so the prudent thing to do is gather what you need as if one were coming our way.

Hurricane season began on June 1 and ends November 30! We have an advantage over tornadoes or earthquakes...we are given time to prepare and we know when one could come.


Below are 12 things you can do NOW to be prepared…

1.Make a plan.

There’s nothing like knowing a hurricane is coming to instill panic in those who have failed to prepare.

Remember the lines of cars at all of the gas stations before Hurricane Irma called on us. Cars stretched down the block in front of gas stations.

Make a written list and know what your options are.

If you are new to the area, know where your evacuation routes are. (Hint: if you are on the east coast...head anywhere but east!)

You can find out more at the Sun-Sentinel’s Hurricane Guide.


2.Check your Insurance Coverage.

Call now and know exactly what is covered should a hurricane come. If you do not yet have coverage, it’s important to know that once we are under a hurricane watch or warning, you will not be able to obtain or change coverage.

If you are scheduled to close on a house, check with your Real Estate agent and your insurance company to see what needs to be done.

3.Storm shutters

Check your shutters to make sure that you have all of the pieces and that you know how to install them. If you will need assistance, make arrangements now for someone to put them up for you.


hurricane shutters


4.House generators

If you have a generator of any size, make sure you know how to use it! When a hurricane is bearing down on you is not the time to look for the manual.

If you have a house generator, find out what your propane supplier is prepared to do if there is a prolonged outage.

Note: If you recently had the house generator installed, make sure you know what lights and appliances it will work.


5.Gather supplies.

You probably have non-perishables in your pantry but it’s a good time to take stock of these. Anything that will not need refrigeration or need a microwave or oven is good to have.  If you have camping gear that includes something like a Coleman stove or your own outdoor grill, there are some foods that can be cooked on them should you lose power.

~Start stocking up on water now. You will need one gallon of water a day per person at the least.

~Check your flashlights, batteries and any other emergency equipment you might need. If you’ve stored batteries in a flashlight and haven’t checked it, you might find that they’ve corroded.

Note: invest in a headlamp for hands-free lighting!

6.Trim and edit outside

You may have noticed the utility and tree trimming companies out trimming the trees. Don’t wait until a hurricane is coming to start to trim. Your local municipality will not be able to pick them up and they’ll become flying projectiles.

Florida Power & Light said that downed trees caused most of the power failure during Irma.


hurricane irma


7.Know where the shelters are

Should you have to evacuate, know where they are. If you have pets, you’ll need to find a shelter that accepts pets. You’ll need papers for them including vaccination information. You may need to make a reservation prior to the hurricane, so be sure to check.


8.Check your “To Go” bags.

Everyone needs a bag that you can grab at a moment’s notice. Prepare one for each member.


9.Know what you will do with your boat.

If your boat is in the water, have a plan. Speak with your marina to find out what their arrangements are. Have plenty of rope to tie up your boat if you have it docked behind your house.

Note: Bridges will be locked down at a certain point so your boat may not be able to navigate the Intracoastal.


10.Take photos and videos.

We see our home every day but could you list everything you have in each room? Take photos and videos. It’s not a bad idea to store them with a relative or good friend in another state.


11.Know your numbers.

So much of what we have is stored in the clouds these days but if power and the internet are out, you will need to be able to access those numbers the old-fashioned way...on a piece of paper! Make sure that you have those all-important numbers written down and stored in a safe place.


12.Prepare your car

Prepare your car as if you will have to evacuate. Take care of deferred maintenance, especially your tires and battery.

You should have some emergency items in your car at all times anyway (like a flashlight and first aid kit) but get a road atlas as well.  This can show your alternate routes so much better than your GPS on your device.


With any luck, we will have a hurricane-free season, but why not be prepared!


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy Streib, Now I start to worry about you and Larry and my Sister in St. Agustine.

Jun 05, 2018 08:38 AM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I hope this hurricane season is an uneventful one for you and everyone along the coast.  

Jun 05, 2018 09:09 AM #15
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great tips for those affected by hurricanes, I sure am glad that I don't have to prepare for anything.

Jun 05, 2018 09:27 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gita Bantwal I have a few things to check on for my list, like batteries!

Nina Hollander my neighbor just returned from Puerto Rico checking on her relatives and a house she owns there. And now we're getting ready for another season. 


Jun 05, 2018 09:43 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe Pryor we saw new windows and generators being installed right after the first of the year.


Jun 05, 2018 09:48 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Judi & Don and Chassy- we would love a quiet hurricane season. 

Wayne Martin you are free to focus on your new grandchild. 

Dorie Dillard it puzzles me to see people going out the day before the hurricane looking for plywood. 

Jun 05, 2018 09:50 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro our power company has been busy working on the power lines all along A1A.

Grant Schneider hopefully we'll not have what we had last year. 

Donald Urschalitz I love it!!! Does it have a screen to protect you from the love bugs?

Jun 05, 2018 09:53 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you!  No matter where you live, a "to go" bag or box is something to put together. You know that from the fires. 

Lisa Heindel Good one!  And you're right. Fortunately our area learned some things from previous hurricanes and our stores and gas stations have power backups. 

Jun 05, 2018 09:55 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty gee, I wish I didn't know that. It does seem warmer though....hmmmm. 

Bob "RealMan" Timm good grief, hope you don't have to add volcanos. 

Will Hamm you are so sweet!!!!   You know, I think the west coast of Florida and the Carolinas get hit harder. (knock wood)

Jun 05, 2018 09:58 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Chris Ann Cleland let's hope that comes true. 

Brian England count yourself lucky!!!

Jun 05, 2018 09:59 AM #23
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy- - -I have never lived in a hurricane location so your checklist is particularly valuable. 

Jun 05, 2018 12:04 PM #24
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Timely information Kathy.  Having experienced only very high winds and lots of rain,  the threat of a hurricane which can wreak havoc with families, lives, property and business sounds very frightening.  Your "Time to Prepare" blog covers a lot of important information.   I hope the season is near normal and not extraordinary. 

Jun 05, 2018 01:12 PM #25
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Great reminder, my son's company has the Coast Guard contract for flying over things in the Gulf in this area and the Coast Guard is expecting a bad hurrican season :(

Jun 05, 2018 01:46 PM #26
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Each area of the country has natural disasters it's prone to.  It's important to identify those risks and to adequately prepare for them.

Jun 05, 2018 03:53 PM #27
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy even though we are not as much at risk up here as you guys are down there, I made sure my generator was all set to go in case I need it.

Jun 05, 2018 04:45 PM #28
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, this is a great list, I remember how long the lines were and most stores ran out of water two days before the hurricane. It's best to be peppered before the season starts.

Jun 05, 2018 05:55 PM #29
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy

Seems like hurrican season just ended and now it's time to be preparing once again. Hopefully there are many, after last season, who will be thinking and preparing more proactively. This is a terrific list and it can apply in a number of places.


Jun 05, 2018 09:51 PM #30
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Let's hope it is a light season, and all of them bypass your State.  

Jun 06, 2018 02:12 AM #31
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, we who live in Florida need your great reminders for Hurricane Preparedness.

Many people vacation in Florida and they are not familiar with the steps to get prepared. This list is great for residents and visitors.


Jun 07, 2018 11:18 AM #32
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realty, Realtors® • Broker • South East Florida • - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

Hurricanes can wreak havoc and disaster! I've been through quite a few South Florida storms since 1972. I can remember; David, Wilma, Irma

Jun 10, 2018 12:57 PM #33
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