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Your Guide to Hurricane Preparedness

 

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30, and while preliminary forecasts suggest this year will be slightly less active than 2016, it’s important to always be prepared for the worst. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Create a Hurricane Kit

Just as it’s recommended you have an emergency kit in your home and car at all times, living in Florida – or any Southeastern state for that matter – you should always have a well-stocked hurricane kit on hand, both in the event of a mandatory citywide evacuation or if you’re at home and affected by a power outage, for example. Here are some items you should include in your kit, which should be in a durable bag that can easily be taken with you:

  • Water (three days’ worth)
  • Nonperishable food items (three days’ worth)
  • First-aid kit (including prescription medications)
  • Personal sanitation and hygiene products
  • Flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • Battery-operated radio (with extra batteries)
  • Waterproof container for cash and other necessary documents
  • Manual can opener
  • Lighter and/or matches
  • Pet and/or baby supplies (if applicable)
  • Cooler with ice packs
  • Books, cards, board games, magazines, etc.
  • A clear-cut plan for evacuation and in the event that family members become separated

Taking the time to prepare your kit now, before a hurricane watch is announced, will save you a ton of time, stress and hassle, as people tend to (understandably) go into panic mode once a hurricane is approaching, and rush to the stores to stock up last minute.

Be Prepared for Power Outages

Should a storm leave you and your loved ones without power, here are some steps you can take to ensure you all stay safe:

  • Limit cell phone use as much as possible while the power is out.
  • Always make sure your gas tank is full whenever a storm is announced. An even better rule of thumb is to keep it at least ¾ full all hurricane season long.
  • Always have cash on hand in case the ATMs near you are out of service or you’re unable to safely access them.
  • If your power is out, it means your A/C is as well, and we all know how hot and humid Florida summers can be. While it’s uncomfortable, try not to use battery-operated fans unless you’re in the room with them, as fans do not actually cool the room, they merely create a cooling effect by distributing the heat from your skin throughout the room. You can also help prevent the sun’s heat from entering your home as much as possible by covering the inside of all windows.
  • Follow this guide on freezing and food safety and turn to the CDC’s guide to staying safe and healthy during a power outage.

Know Your Local (and Regional) Forecasts

While it’s no secret weather forecasts can be, and oftentimes are, a bit off, storm forecasters have state-of-the-art computer systems that draw from massive amounts of weather data to predict when a storm will strike and where it will travel, and can typically provide fairly accurate estimates two to three days in advance. That’s why, as a resident of the state that experiences the most hurricanes each year, it’s important to always keep an eye and ear out for the latest storm forecasts during hurricane season.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, refer to the National Hurricane Center’s website and/or your local news stations frequently.

Last But Not Least, Always Stay Storm Smart and Ensure Your Home Is Secure

Storm Smart is proud to offer the most extensive selection of quality, durable protection products available on the market – from impact-resistant windows and doors to storm catcher screens, aluminum shutters and virtually anything else you and your family may need to protect yourselves against our region’s damaging winds and powerful storms.

Our unmatched line of products – both in terms of quality and comprehensiveness – combined with our unwavering commitment to customer safety and satisfaction, are just some of the many reasons we’ve earned a reputation for being Florida’s most trusted name in hurricane protection.

To learn more about our products and services or to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable experts about which product is best for you and your family’s safety and budget requirements, contact us online today. We’d be more than happy to provide you with a free in-home consultation and look forward to the opportunity to add you to our massive (and always growing) list of more than 60,000 extremely satisfied customers.