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Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Preparing for hurricane season in Florida is essential to ensure your safety and minimize potential damage to your loved ones and property.

Use our comprehensive guide to help you to get ready.

Before Hurricane Season

  1. Create an Emergency Plan, including Evacuation Routes. Know your local evacuation routes and have a plan for where you will go if you need to evacuate.
  2. Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with family members. Decide how you will contact each other and where you will meet if separated.
  3. Special Needs: Consider any special needs for family members, such as medications, medical equipment, and dietary requirements.
  4. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Essential Supplies: Include water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days), non-perishable food, a manual can opener, a first aid kit, medications, and personal hygiene items.
  5. Tools and Equipment: Flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, multi-tool, duct tape, and plastic sheeting.
  6. Important Documents: Keep copies of important documents (e.g., insurance policies, identification, bank account information) in a waterproof container.
  7. Cash: Have some cash on hand, as ATMs and credit card machines may not work during power outages.
  8. Home Preparations: Inspect and Repair: Check your home for any necessary repairs, especially the roof, windows, and doors. Fix loose shingles, gutters, and downspouts.
  9. Install storm shutters or have pre-cut plywood ready to board up windows and doors.
  10. Trim Trees: Trim trees and shrubs to reduce the risk of branches damaging your home during high winds.
  11. Secure Outdoor Items: Secure or store outdoor furniture, decorations, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds.
  12. Insurance Policy Check: Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure it covers hurricane damage, including wind and flood damage.
  13. Flood Insurance: If you don’t already have flood insurance, consider purchasing it, as standard homeowner’s insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage.

During Hurricane Season

  1. Stay Informed: Weather Updates: Monitor weather forecasts and updates from reliable sources such as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and local news channels.
    Emergency Alerts: Sign up for emergency alerts through local government or weather apps.
  1. Keep Your Emergency Kit Ready: Check Supplies: Regularly check your emergency kit to ensure all supplies are stocked and up-to-date.
  1. Fuel and Supplies: Gasoline: Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full and have extra fuel for generators.
    Food and Water: Maintain an adequate supply of non-perishables and bottled water.

When a Hurricane is Imminent

  1. Secure Your Home: Shutters and Plywood: Install storm shutters or board up windows and doors with plywood.
    Move Inside: Bring in outdoor furniture and secure other outdoor items.
    Garage Door: Brace your garage door to prevent it from being blown off.
  1. Follow Evacuation Orders: Evacuate Early: If local authorities issue an evacuation order, leave immediately. Follow designated evacuation routes and avoid flooded areas.
    Shelter Locations: Know the locations of local shelters and plan your route.
  1. Prepare for Power Outages: Charge Devices: Fully charge your cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.
    Generators: If using a generator, ensure it is in good working order and follow safety guidelines to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

After the Hurricane

  1. Stay Safe: Wait for Official Clearance. Do not return home until authorities have declared it safe.
    Avoid Hazards: Be cautious of downed power lines, floodwaters, and structural damage.
  2. Assess Damage: Document: Take photos and videos of any damage for insurance claims.
  3. Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage, such as tarping a damaged roof or boarding up broken windows.
  4. Contact Insurance: Report Damage: Contact your insurance company to report damage and begin the claims process.
  5. Contact Florida Claims Pro to help you receive the full benefit of your insurance coverage.

By following these steps, you can effectively prepare for hurricane season in Florida, ensuring your safety and minimizing potential damage to your property.

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