Did you know hurricane season is June 1 – November 30? Check out these tips for hurricane preparations and helpful websites to stay prepared.

When you live in Florida, you understand that hurricanes can be a part of life. It helps to know how you can best prepare to keep your property and household safe. Here are some basic steps you can take to be better prepared for the coming storm.

🛣️ Travel & Closed Roads

Roads may be closed due to downed power lines and trees. Don’t wait until the last minute to leave a dangerous area and take evacuation notices seriously. Have sufficient supplies on hand so that you don’t need to leave your home until it’s safe to travel again.

Hurricane Tree in Road

📱 Contacts & Cell Phones

Cell phone service could be interrupted due to the impact of high winds on towers. Even if cell phone service is working, you may be without electricity. Have chargers on hand that do not require electricity. Keep a list of contact numbers in your wallet in case you need to reach someone and your cell phone’s contact list is unavailable.

Hurricane Cell Phone Charging

🔌 Electricity & Internet

Plan for electric service, cable, and internet to be out. Purchase battery-powered, flameless candles, flashlights, and hurricane lights that are pre-charged. Stay away from downed power lines and take care when walking through standing water.

Hurricane Flashlight

🐕 Animals & Pets

It’s heartbreaking to see pets placed in danger when they are left outside with no chance to get away from rising water and dangerous winds. Make plans to secure your pets in a safe location. Keep in mind that this placement may be needed for several days or weeks after the hurricane.

Displaced reptiles are a real concern in Florida. Keep your eyes open for these animals when moving around standing water.

Don’t forget to allocate food and water for pets when storing supplies. Make sure pets have collars with tags that include their name and contact information.

You also want to have a Ready to Go Bag that includes an additional collar, vaccination paperwork, medications, a photo of you and your pet, a favorite blanket or toy, and bowls for food and water. Add portable food and water to be prepared for emergencies.

Hurricane Pet Care

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⛈️ Hurricane Preparations Tips

📻 Have a battery-powered radio that is tuned to a station that provides regular weather updates. In the event of a power outage, you’ll be glad you have this radio to stay informed.

👚 Watching the weather as the storm approaches? Do some laundry. Having the laundry done can be an incredible help if services are interrupted.

🚗 Don’t forget to fill the car with gas, check the oil, and check tire pressure. There can be a run on gas stations for fuel when storms are announced. Go early and be patient.

🥫 Food & Water

Water is necessary for survival. Plan to have at least a five day supply of water that includes a gallon per person in your household. If there are 5 people in your household, you will want to have a minimum of 25 gallons of water.

Don’t forget to have a manual can opener and a heat source that does not require electricity.

Suggested Canned Foods

  • Juice
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Beans
  • Ready-to-Eat Meats
  • Pasta

Other Food Items

  • Dry Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread
  • Crackers
  • Baby Food
  • Dry Milk
Hurricane Water Gallons

🔦 Must Have Supplies

It’s easy to overlook some things until you need them and they are not on hand. Having the following supplies can make things more comfortable while you’re waiting for services to be restored.

Tools Box Items

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Electrical Tape
  • Nails & Screws
  • Pliers
  • Utility Knife
  • Gloves
  • Duct Tape
  • Rope
  • Tarps

Additional Supplies

  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Sealable Bags
  • Matches (water-proof)
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Forks & Spoons
  • Cups
  • Rain Gear
  • Grill
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter Fluid

First Aid Supplies

  • Band-Aids
  • Bandages
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medications
  • Bleach
  • Gloves

Sanitation Supplies

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Garbage Bags
  • Personal Wet Wipes
  • Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes
  • Diapers & Baby Wipes
  • Personal Hygiene Products

🧳 Ready to Go Bag

Even with the best planning, you may need to leave the area quickly. Have a Ready to Go Bag packed as part of your hurricane preparations.

Keep this in a central area and let everyone know where to find it in case of emergency.

Suggested Items

  • Non-perishable Food
  • Contact Numbers
  • Cash
  • Medications
  • Proof of Identity Documents
  • First-Aid Kit

🚙 Evacuation Plans

Listen to reports and take evacuation notices seriously. Remember that each hurricane is different. While you may have come through the last one just fine, there’s no guarantee that this hurricane will be the same.

What happens when you ignore an evacuation order? You are on your own in the event of injury or other emergencies. Emergency personnel are kept out of the area until it is safe to return.

The best plan includes an evacuation route that is mapped out well ahead of time. Know which roads you’ll take and where you’ll stop along the way to your destination. Take along documents that prove your address in case it’s needed.

Hurricane Evacuation Route

📄 Paperwork & Documents

Long before a hurricane warning is issued, you should understand your homeowners’ insurance policy when it comes to hurricane damages. Have copies of your insurance policy in water-proof bags.

It’s a good idea to have copies of birth certificates, vaccination records, marriage certificate, mortgage documents, and state-approved IDs.

💻 Hurricane Preparations Websites

There are many helpful websites with information and guidance.  The State of Florida, local governments, and utility companies have information to help during hurricane preparations.

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