Hurricane Season 2023…Think You're Ready?

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Hurricane Season 2023…Think You're Ready?


For all but 3 years of my life, I have lived in hurricane areas…Texas and Florida. And every June, I try to remind others to be prepared!

By the way…even if you don’t live in a hurricane area, you still need to be prepared to leave or shelter at home!  There are fires, snowstorms, earthquakes, floods, chemical leaks, or tornadoes that can impact your life. 




Make a plan. Drop the I should do this…DO IT.  



Make a list and know…

-What you would take if you had to leave

-Where you would go if you had to leave

-If you have pets, are there places that will take them

-What you need to have at home if you had to shelter in place



Gather and Back Up

Don’t wait until the last minute to gather the documents that you would need…wills, insurance papers, medical information, etc. 

Back up photos to the cloud. 


There’s much more to being prepared but this is a start. What you need to do may depend on where you live. 



The important thing is to think about YOUR PLAN. Whether it’s an act of nature or manmade, at some point you may have to call upon that plan.                    

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Comments (32)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great advice for any homeowner wherever they may live. There are so many types of emergencies to be prepared for and these are all good.

Jun 01, 2023 09:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I can remember several years ago our friend's house burned. Everyone was safe but they were out of it for a year while it was being rebuilt. 

Jun 01, 2023 03:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This is great advice for preparing for any natural disaster. I bet most people aren't really as prepared as they could or should be.


Jun 01, 2023 09:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS Thank you. I remember during one of our hurricanes in FL we had a mini tornado that blew our storage shed apart. It had 10 filled dive tanks in it.  We'd been so busy with the hurricane shutters and securing the boat, we didn't even think of the shed and dive tanks. Lesson learned. 

Jun 01, 2023 03:16 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib This is wonderful advice for everyone to get ready for storms. With the way the weather is changing, you never know what will happen 

Jun 01, 2023 12:00 PM
Kathy Streib

Hannah Williams I agree. The weather has been weird!  We had the freeze back in 2021 and were without power for 3 days. Would never have guessed that. 

Jun 01, 2023 03:23 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

It’s time to stop subsidizing property insurance in hurricane and flood prone regions. It would lead to better construction

Jun 01, 2023 01:56 PM
Kathy Streib

My husband was a builder Edward Gilmartin for a major builder. I asked him once if homes could be made safer and he agreed that they could be but then, many would not be able to afford them. 

Jun 01, 2023 03:24 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Having been through 35 years of hurricane seasons, these are excellent reminders that should not be ignored.

Jun 01, 2023 03:04 PM
Kathy Streib

Dr. Paula McDonald   When we lived in South FL, I was baffled by the number of people who would complain the day after a hurricane that they had no water or supplies and wanted to know where the government was to help them. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:52 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
I'm in wildfire country. I've only had to evacuate once, but it's not a good feeling. Thanks for the tips and I loved faye schubert's tips, as well.

Jun 01, 2023 03:05 PM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I'm glad that you're prepared!  At least with hurricanes, we have some notice. After one hurricane, I learned from a friend to have head lamps.  If the power goes, at least you can see what you're doing and still have your hands free. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I got my 10,000 watt Generac generator tuned up last year, so I am all set for whatever mother nature sends my way this year.

Jun 01, 2023 04:09 PM
Kathy Streib

Good for you George Souto During one hurricane in FL, we stayed at our friend's home who had a house generator. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:56 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are handy suggestions for hurricane season preparedness, Kathy.  Each part of our country has natural disasters to ready for.  It's important to know the risks, and the ways to prepare.

Jun 01, 2023 05:26 PM
Kathy Streib

I agree Myrl Jeffcoat People need to know where there documents are and have devices backed up. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:57 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Kathy, I am ready!! Never had a hurricane in Las Vegas and this don’t change anytime soon!!

Jun 01, 2023 06:48 PM
Kathy Streib

Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD El Nino is back but I still doubt Vegas would have a hurricane. We've had people near our petrochemical plants who had to leave for a day after a chemical leak. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:58 PM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

Hi Kathy, as you know I have had my fare share of hurricanes. Our own home flooded during Hurricane Ian. So with that said, these are the only hurricanes I want to see this year! Cheers!!!!

Jun 01, 2023 07:18 PM
Kathy Streib

Matthew Klinowski, PA  I don't blame you. I am so sorry that your home flooded. Had you evacuated??

Jun 03, 2023 06:16 PM
Matthew Klinowski, PA

Hi Kathy, thank you! Yes, thankfully we evacuated. The good news is our home is back together :) Enjoy your weekend. Matt

Jun 04, 2023 05:44 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Have lived through a tornado, so know the importance of being prepared or just praying the storm passes quickly without inflicting much damage, if any. Thankfully, we do not live in such an area now, Kathy. Like Matthew Klinowski, PA,said, I wouldn't mind seeing those Huirricanes...LOL!

Jun 02, 2023 06:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! we had a serious tornado warning last year and I find those more scary than hurricanes. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:17 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Here in the high desert, fires are something to be aware of. We just had all brush removed around our fence line as a fire break.

Jun 02, 2023 08:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith That's thinking ahead!!! Smart move. Here and in FL we'd see the power company trimming trees near power lines long before the hurricane season. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:18 PM
Leanne Smith

Our very wet winter produced a lot of vegetation which is no dried.  By being proactive, hopefully we will avoid any desert fires. 

Jun 04, 2023 05:51 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Kathy Streib this is a great reminder to always be prepared, Living in Colorado I had always thought I was immune to many of these, but the firestorm that swept through a neighborhood west of Boulder a couple years ago, destroying 1000+ homes makes you realize you should always have an escape plan.

PS tomorrow June 3rd, is known locally as the most violent weather day of the year, with spring transitioning to summer we see tornadoes and hailstorms more often within two weeks either side of this date than any other time of year.

Jun 02, 2023 09:03 AM
Kathy Streib

John Marshall - FORE! Good to see you!  I hope that those fires will motivate you to make your list and have an escape plan!!!  

And I was not aware of the significance of June 3 for your area. I just took a peek at your weather and it doesn't look that good!!! Yikes. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:27 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Kathy.  And there are monsoon storms, too.  One night, about 8:30, after leaving my gym, I drove straight through a "haboob" with a wall of dirt. Had to swap out the air filters on my car.  It was just awful.  We got those every few years where they are really bad.  Last year was pretty mild.   Nothing like a hurricane though!  

Jun 02, 2023 04:52 PM
Kathy Streib

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ that sounds scary!  At least we have some warning before a hurricane is coming. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:28 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Yes, it can be scary.  They do give us warning, but if you're in the gym with your phone off - no warning!  

Jun 04, 2023 04:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

As Dorie Dillard Austin TX said, the key is to actually have a plan. that is, essentially how life is, in general too many people fail to plan.

You’ve presented a fantastic list of things to do to prepare in the event of a hurricane. Great post - i really is as easy as 1-2-3, Kathy.

Jun 02, 2023 08:06 PM
Kathy Streib

Debe Maxwell, CRS  If you have a plan and have it handy it helps! Just like business and life. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

AMEN! And, I meant to say, "IT really is as easy..." Kathy Streib. 😁

Jun 03, 2023 08:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 02, 2023 08:13 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you and I truly appreciate it. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:34 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

As much as we have gone through the changes in global warming we are conditioned and prepared to go. Today wear winter clothing. Only 49 F right now. Will be a relatively mild day. Next week, put on gloves ??   May be ??

PS: Standby power generator, chargers all ready to go.

Jun 03, 2023 07:23 AM
Kathy Streib

Sam Shueh After the freeze we had in 2021 and we were without power for 3 days, my husband set us up with a generator system. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Same here, Kathy Streib - we had to get one too. Suddenly the so-called global warming has turned into 'global cooling,' I suppose!! Go figure.

Sam Shueh 

Jun 03, 2023 08:11 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I am so glad that preparations for hurricane season are not on my 'to do' list.

Be safe, Kathy Streib.

Jun 03, 2023 08:16 AM
Kathy Streib

John Juarez I'm glad that you don't have hurricanes. Hope you'll make a list for any other situations where you might have to leave. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:37 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Insurance companies ask the federal government to help cover large hurricane losses ie the tax payer. Premiums should reflect ris

Jun 03, 2023 10:55 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It is that time of year and everyone needs to be prepared!  Thanks for sharing and bringing us this reminder!

Jun 07, 2023 06:35 AM