As Floridians, hurricanes have become almost as common as washing lovebugs off our cars. We like to think we don't scare as easily as other states in the face of a category 2, but we also know how devastating hurricanes can be especially when we don't take the proper precautions.
In preparation of the 2019 hurricane season (June 1 - Nov 30) we've put together some quick tips on how to plan and prepare for the worst:
Can you remember the cell phone numbers of each of your family members? In an emergency, you may not have quick access to digitally stored contact information. Keep an updated, physical copy of important numbers in your car or wallet just in case. Also keep in mind phone lines may be down or congested during an emergency and social media may be the best way to contact your child.
2. Special Food/Medicine
Family members who are older and/or have special dietary requirements are more at risk during a hurricane when access to certain foods or medical supplies are limited. Make sure to keep, if possible, an excess of special foods or medical supplies during hurricane season.
3. Clear/Declutter Your Yard
Use this time of year to purge items that you've been meaning to get rid of around the house that may be a danger to your home during a hurricane. That broken leaf blower you've been meaning to fix? It's got to go. Even old metal or wood laying around can not only post a threat to your property but those homes around you. Wind gusts north of 100mph can turn a 2x4 or into a battering ram.
4. Emergency Kit
Most people know to have an emergency kit handy with a number of essentials including flashlights, water, batteries, chargers, first aid etc... but don't forget to store these items in a safe place.
For example, during hurricane Jeanne in 2004 our emergency kit was ruined along with most of the first aid kit because water had ruined the paper bag we had the supplies in.
Takeaway = keep your emergency kit in a waterproof case!
5. Fill up your car's gas tank
Seriously. Do it.
There's nothing worse than having to wait in a 3h line of cars to (maybe) get 5 gallons of gas.
Do you have any other tips that aren't talked about as much? Do you have a hurricane survival story to share? Let us know in the comments below.