Hurricane Season 2019 Begins on June 1...What You Can Do NOW!

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Hurricane Season 2019 Begins on June 1...What You Can Do NOW!

The 2019 Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. By all accounts, it should be a near-normal season. Even if you’ve been through a hurricane and know what to expect, you know hurricane notesthat the best thing you can do is organize and prepare NOW, before a hurricane is headed our way.


I’ve been through no fewer than 9 hurricanes (I lost count) and can tell you that with each hurricane, I learn something new to add to my list for the next hurricane.

Here are 12 things you can do NOW to prepare for the hurricane season.


1. Have a Plan

There’s nothing like knowing a hurricane is coming to instill panic in those who have not made any plans. Know what you will do if a hurricane comes. Know what your options are.

Make a list!

If you are new to the area, make sure you know where your evacuation routes are. Your local television stations will have up-to-the-minute information.


2. Check Your Insurance Coverage

Call now and know exactly what is covered in the event of a hurricane.  If you do not yet have the proper coverage, it’s important to know that once we are under a hurricane watch or warning (depending upon the state you live in) insurance companies will suspend underwriting coverage for a period prior to and after the hurricane hits.


hurricane shutters3.Storm Shutters

If you have them, check them to make sure you have all of the pieces and know how to install them. If you will need assistance, find someone who will put them up for you.




4.House Generators

Check your home generators and know how to work them. If you have one for the house that uses propane, make sure it is full. And, be in touch with your supplier and know what they’re prepared to do if there is a prolonged outage.


5.Gather Supplies

You probably already 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.

Buy a case or gallon jug of water every time you go to the market. Remember-one gallon a day per person.

Check your flashlights, batteries and any other emergency equipment you might need. If you’ve stored batteries in a flashlight that you haven’t used in a while, be sure to check that there’s no corrosion.

Note: Invest in a headlamp for handsfree lighting!


6.Trim Now and Edit Outside

Don’t wait until a hurricane is coming to trim trees and shrubs. You’ve bottled waterprobably noticed all of the tree trimming companies in your area. There’s a reason for this!  My whole street had all of the trees trimmed several weeks ago.

Your local municipality will not be able to pick up your trimmings just before a hurricane and if they’re left at the curb, they become projectiles.

And because you’ll want to bring in anything that could be a flying projectile, it’s a good time to edit plantless pots and extras that you don’t need.


7.Know Where the Shelters Are

In the event you will have to evacuate, know where your local shelters are. If you have pets, you’ll need to find a shelter that accepts pets and know what information you’ll need to bring.


8. Check Your Emergency “To Go” Bags

Everyone needs a bag that you can grab at a moment’s notice. If you haven’t prepared one or looked at it since last year, find it and check it out.


9. Take Photos and Videos

We see our home every day but could you list everything you have in emergency boxesevery room?  Take photos and videos and it’s not a bad idea to store them with a relative off-premises. (or upload them somewhere they’ll be safe.


10.Know Your Numbers

So much of what we have is in the clouds these days, but if power and the internet are out you will need to have those numbers at hand. You can put them in your To Go bag and you can also make sure a trusted relative or friend outside of your area has a copy.

Without looking would you know the phone number of your closest friend or relative?


11. Prepare Your Car

Should you have to evacuate, you need to depend upon your vehicle. Make sure that any maintenance you’ve deferred is taken care of such as tires and your battery.

This is important-you should have emergency items (flashlight, first aid kit, etc) in your car at all times but you should also have a road atlas or map as well.  If you have to evacuate,  an Atlas comes in handy if you have to take a detour.  It’s a lot easier to see alternate routes on an Atlas than it is on a small smartphone.


12. Download Government and Emergency Alerts on your phone.

These actually come in very handy. During Hurricane Irma we were alerted at 2 AM to a tornado in our area.

Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure that you, your home, and your family are prepared!



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander the Carolina coast really does get hit. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I would still rather face a hurricane over a tornado or earthquake. 

Michael Jacobs this list is something that many should keep handy even if they aren't in a hurricane area. 

May 31, 2019 06:40 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Amanda S. Davidson it's always nice to not have to use all of this but so much better to be prepared. 

Brian England I hope you never have to go through one!

Carol Williams look at all of the devastation that happened just this last week with the tornadoes. 

May 31, 2019 06:44 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel one thing I've learned is that you never know so it's better to be prepared. 

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you for the feature in your group. All of us should consider having some kind of plan for emergencies. 

May 31, 2019 06:46 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® we seem to go from forest fires to tornadoes to terrible snow storms to who knows what's next. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Thank you. I'm hoping that Houston isn't going to welcome me back with a hurricane this year. 

May 31, 2019 06:48 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Linda Metallo DiBenardo I know what you mean. We had summer weather today. But things tend to heat up in late August and September. 

George Souto After Hurricane Irma I saw more houses getting the house generator and impact windows. 

May 31, 2019 06:50 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hannah Williams I hope that your family will not have to go through a hurricane this year!!! And tornadoes frighten me worse than hurricanes. 

Grant Schneider do it soon while you can get someone!!!

May 31, 2019 06:52 PM #25
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I have the answer. MOVE TO TUCSON!!! Btw, I went through Hurricane Alicia back when I lived in Houston. Went out in the 'Eye' to check my pace of business.

May 31, 2019 11:34 PM #26
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I've personally seen the aftermath of a tornado.  I can only imagine, the power of a hurricane 

Jun 01, 2019 01:55 AM #27
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

This is a good list to be prepared for any emergency, not just a hurricane! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 01, 2019 03:10 AM #28
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Great Post Kathy. Let's hope this year is mild.

Jun 01, 2019 04:15 AM #29
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is when living in NH really pays off, hurricanes seem to stay away and not in tornadoe alley. I have many friends in Florida and it is time for all to get ready

Jun 01, 2019 05:10 AM #30
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Living in the desert southwest, I can't imagine dealing with hurricanes.  Growing up in the midwest we dealt with tornados (and had one hit my parent's farm).  Thank-you, I will take the Southwest heat!

Jun 01, 2019 06:51 AM #31
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

There are hand crank /solar powered flashlights with a cell phone charger and emits a loud siren sound, so you can be found. They are pretty cheap these days.

Jun 01, 2019 07:00 AM #32
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

These points are all well taken but when all else fails; move to Washington State  Kathy Streib 

Jun 01, 2019 08:10 PM #33
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Everyone be safe and may everyone have a great summer season and a blessed one! Thanks for the tips!

Jun 01, 2019 11:01 PM #34
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I may have to move to Washington state one of these days right about now is not the time. :)?Hahaha! Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Jun 01, 2019 11:02 PM #35
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Hi Kathy, great tips for being prepared for a hurricane. I'm hoping this year is mild. NOAA is predicting 4 major storms this year. Also, for those who live in Florida, in case you didn't know we are started our tax-free week on goods for hurricane supplies.  Have a great weekend!

Jun 02, 2019 08:17 AM #36
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great tips for hurricane season preparation, Kathy!

Jun 04, 2019 07:37 AM #37
Ian Ruzow
Oak Tree Development Group - Lancaster, PA
Ian Ruzow is principal and co-founder of Oak Tree

Thank you for that list!

Jun 05, 2019 04:14 AM #38
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Great advice for everyone in the hurricane belt- which seems to be getting wider each year! 

Jun 29, 2019 05:06 AM #39
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