#New to Fl -Hurricane/Tropical Storm 2022 - Hollywood FL

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Commercial Real Estate Agent with Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach 0516472
Hurricane Season 2022 - Hollywood, FL 
Start prepping your hurricane kit
 
We begin with a tropical storm warning...take action!
 
Each person in your home should have canned and/or nonperishable food for at least seven days including a manual can opener and at least one gallon of water per person. Make sure you have enough food and water for your pet, too.  Buy paper plates, napkins, paper towels and plastic utensils.
 
Fill your tub with water to flush your toilets.  
Turn your freezer temperature up and do not open your refrigerator too often.
 

Your kit should also include flashlights, a battery-operated or cranked radio, cash, a first-aid kit, medicine.

TIP: Don’t wait until a storm is coming to stock up. Start buying items little by little ahead of time. 

Inspect your shutters, roof and fences in case repairs or replacements are needed. Start pruning your trees, too.

If you have home and flood insurance, check that your policies are current and if you have sufficient coverage for hurricane season.  Put these documents in zip lock bags when you evacuate.

Check to see if you live in an evacuation zone and discuss possible evacuation routes with your family.

In Miami-Dade, check your zone at miamidade.gov/hurricane. In Broward, visit broward.org/hurricane. In the Florida Keys, visit monroecounty-fl.gov/897/Evacuation-Information. If you’re planning to spend the storm elsewhere in Florida, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has online maps you can refer to for all 67 counties.
 

Fuel up your car, charge your power banks, withdraw cash, buy supplies (food, water, medicine, etc.) you still need.

Bring your patio furniture, pets and potted plants inside. Tie down anything that could become airborne. If you have a boat, secure it properly.

Monitor local news for updates from the National Hurricane Center, your local National Weather Service office and local officials on the storm’s track, what type of hazards to expect and if there are any evacuation orders in effect.

Get sandbags.

Find a safe place to park your car.

Put your shutters up and don’t leave trash on the curb. If you don’t have shutters or hurricane-proof windows, board up your windows with 5/8-inch plywood. Do NOT tape your windows. It doesn’t work.

During the storm

The storm has arrived, the power’s out and your kids are making shadow puppets with the flashlight. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do:

  • Keep your hurricane kit nearby at all times and try to stay in a room with few or no windows.
  • Don’t take a bath or shower during the storm. Lightning can travel through plumbing. Plus, if there’s an emergency, no one wants to see you in your birthday suit.
  • Don’t use your generator during the storm, even if you lose power. Generators and rain are a bad combo. Wait for the storm to pass before turning it on...not indoors!
  • Don’t leave your house during the storm. Forecasters will say when it’s safe to do so. And remember, don’t let the eye of the hurricane or tropical storm deceive you. While it might seem calm, things can quickly change. The winds surrounding the center of the storm are the strongest.
  • If your home begins to fall apart, get in the tub and pull a mattress over yourself to protect from debris.

After the storm

The worst is over, the storm has past and you need a drink. There’s still a few things to do first:

  • Report property damage and power outages.
  • Monitor for curfew and boil-water-order notices. 
  • If you want to use a generator, make sure to keep it at least 20 feet from a home, including your neighbors, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use it indoors, including in your garage. If you live in an apartment, use a battery-powered generator or portable power station.
  • Put the shutters away, bring your patio furniture out again and start any yard/backyard cleanup.
  • If you plan to go out (maybe to seek air conditioning, a hot meal or to check on grandma) be careful on the roads. There might be downed trees, fallen power lines, traffic lights that aren’t working and debris. Some roads might also be flooded. Do not drive or walk through standing water.
​First Tropical Storm 2022 - Hollywood, FL - Stay off the roadways!
Tropical Storm 6.4.2022          6.4.2022 tropical Storm
 
IF you see two cars stuck in the flooded waters, THEN why would you join the party?
 
There is a storm pump drain right at this location but with 10+ inches of rain, the pumps cannot take all the water at once.  OH, by the way, it is still raining.
 
Weather forecast 6.4.2022 Hollywood FL           Diplomat Golf Course Flooded
 
High winds forecasted:  37 to 40 mile an hour winds = gusty! 
 
Take note #NewToFL
this could have been a hurricane as it developed.  Everyone needs to prepare yet some folks still procrastinate.  Do Not be one of those folks!  
 
There was coverage about weather for at least a week coming in from the gulf.  Stay alert and if there are warning to evacuate then do so. You may lose power for days meaning no air conditioning in hot, humid southeast Florida. You still have to eat.  Refrigerator items may perish before the power returns.  No elevators if you live in a condo without a backup generator.  Can you walk up and down stairs for days until power is restored? 
 
How will you entertain yourself without devices and power? Hurricane kits are strongly recommended by this long-term real estate broker.
 
This is a sample of a tropical storm not a devastating hurricane.
 
 
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Comments (4)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Eileen - I just left our house to go up north.  I leave nothing out and I tested all of the screws for the storm shutters and I have paid my guy upfront to be on his list to install the shutters.

Jun 03, 2022 08:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Eileen... great tips for those in the path of hurricanes. One reason I live in Charlotte and not closer to the coastline is to avoid hurricanes.

Jun 03, 2022 08:18 AM
Trish Cole
Veterans United Home Loans of Puget Sound - Puyallup, WA

Good information.  I am so glad we don't have to contend with Hurricanes in the Pacific NW, but we do get high winds and flooding.  With all the evergreens it can be fairly treacherous.  

Jun 03, 2022 11:00 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Eileen Burns - You provided excellent information for people to know who are moving to FL for the first time, visitors, and to people who already live there but need reminders. I would encourage everyone to print your post and have it handy to know what to do beforehand.

Also, when thinking about buying Commercial in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Miami, contact Eileen Burns!

 

Jun 04, 2022 03:58 AM
Eileen Burns

You are so sweet Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 😍

Jun 04, 2022 07:51 AM