Like many South Florida residents, I think of May and June as the critical months for gearing up for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. However, since the season runs through November 1, and since the second half tends to be busier than the first, I’d like to take the chance to remind everyone that now’s a good time of year for Florida residents to double-check their Hurricane Preparedness.

Hurricane Season: A Family Preparedness Checklist

  • Prep your disaster plan. This includes pre-plotting evacuation routes, planning for pet care, organizing important files for grab-and-dash transport, and finalizing contingency plans. Decide ahead of time as a family under what circumstances you will evacuate; for example, you may decide to stay home and ride out a Category 1 storm. In addition, you will want to make note of your local FEMA guidelines and carefully consider your protection options.
  • Prep your hurricane kit. Basic disaster supplies should include plenty of bottled water, several days worth of non-perishable food, a can-opener, a first-aid kit, a small battery-operated radio/tv, moist towelettes, plenty of batteries, and other important items.
  • Prep your window coverings. Whether you decide to install hurricane-force shutters or simply have enough plywood on hand to board up your windows manually, waiting until the last minute almost ensures that you’ll be out of options (due to local stores quickly selling out of important items).
  • Double-check that your homeowner’s insurance is up to date. Although most homeowner’s insurance policies typically won’t cover all of the damage caused by a hurricane, even the most basic policies will cover wind damage, and they also can provide living expenses if your home is uninhabitable after a storm. Ensuring that your policy is up to date will go a long way toward helping your family to recover in the unfortunate wake of a disaster.

If you’ve been procrastinating, it’s time to get busy. Make your plan and keep the materials on hand, because storms gather quickly.

As we all know, the next intense storm could always be just days away.

Preparedness questions? Feel free to contact us. We would love to help you be ready for anything.

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