Florida Hurricane Tips-14 Things to Do Now!!!

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FL Hurricane Safety Tips- 14 Things to Do Now!  

hurricaneJune 1st marks the official beginning of hurricane season and whether you're new to Florida or not, you need to be prepared.
 We've already had Beryl, a tropical storm so who knows what this year will bring.  The National Weather Service is calling for a "near normal" season and while that's good news and while technology gets even more sophisticated, there are still areas for improvement, for example pinpointing the intensity of the hurricane when it makes landfall.

And for those of us in South Florida, 2012  marks the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.  If you were here then you will remember not only the hurricane but the after effects of that hurricane.    We had houses in Delray Beach as well as Orlando and after putting on our hurricane shutters in driving rain, we left for Orlando.  Our normally 3 hour drive took 6.

Don't take the hurricane season for granted.  It is never too early to be prepared.  (Part 1)

1.  Get information!  Your local paper has complete hurricane guides with information about shelters,what to pack, what to do with your pets and your boats.

2. Once Florida is under a hurricane warning or watch,many insurance companies will not write any new policies.  If you have insurance, go over the policy to know what is and may not be covered.

3.  Put together a Go kit that you can grab.

4. Know where your important papers are.  

  • Gather your insurance information including contact information and premium numbers.
  • Make sure you have current contact information on family members,friends,  and know your evacuation routemedical doctors.
  • Draft a family plan...for young children this can include what might happen if you have to evacuate and what they can take. Doing this before a hurricane comes can alleviate some fears.


5.  Know your evacuation routes.

6. Most shelters will not accept your pets!  Don't wait until a hurricane is coming to find out what to do with your pets. Do not just leave them behind.

7.  Learn what to do with your boat.  Don't forget that at some point the bridges will not open for boat traffic.  If you plan to head for a pre-arranged safety harbor, find out when the bridges become fixed.  If you plan to leave it at your dock, buy enough rope so you can leave enough slack to handle a rising tide.  Meet with your neighbors to see how a joint effort can speed up securing the boats.  If you don't know how or which electronic equipment can be removed...now is the time to learn.

8.  While you are probably already doing this, make sure you are diligent about backing up your computers.  Have your charging cords,extra batteries etc handy.

9.  To avoid last minute frantic rushing and hoarding, start to buy water each week (1 gallon per person per day) and batteries.
have bottled water ready for a hurricane
10.  If you have hurricane shutters, check them out and learn how to use them. If you are not able to install them on your own, make arrangements for a friend or service to put them up.

11.If you do not know how to text..learn now. Text messages are usually able to get through when phone calls can't.

12. If you have a generator, learn how to use it (yes, some of you probably bought one and have no idea how to use it).  Check to make sure it works and that you have fuel for it.  DO NOT use it indoors!

13. Make sure your cars have been maintained.  You may have to rely on them if you have to evacuate.

14. Make sure your trees and shrubs are trimmed now.  Pay attention to branches that could be a threat to power lines and your house.  City utility and waste disposal crews will not be able to pick up your cut timber just before a hurricane and you don’t want them sitting around outside.

 

Part 2- What to Pack To Go
 Part 3- A hurricane is coming..now what do you do?

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
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Thank you for helping people remember how devastating a hurricane can be and for the need to Practice - do a dress rehearsal so that when the real thing happens, no one is left behind.

June 01, 2012 05:39 AM
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John McCormack
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Kathy -  As you said it's never too early to be prepared for a hurricane!  I'm thankful we don't have to deal with them in our area.  Mother Nature can be dangerous and should be taken seriously!

June 01, 2012 05:55 AM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Just hearing the word hurricane makes me shudder BARFF............glad that's something I don't have to deal with in Ohio.

June 01, 2012 05:58 AM
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Christine Pappas
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Scary to think about, but great tips and I just pray no one will actually need them!

June 01, 2012 06:05 AM
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Dianne Goode
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Great advice and a reminder that God disposes ..  I live in Raleigh, NC, which is pretty far inland for hurricanes -- but we had two in the 90's, Fran and Floyd, who won't be forgotten for a generation.  

June 01, 2012 06:06 AM
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Toni Weidman
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Here we go again, Kathy, the hurrican roller-coaster is here. Great advice for everyone potentially in harm's way.

June 01, 2012 06:29 AM
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Toni Weidman
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suggested.

June 01, 2012 06:29 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Very well done, I agree with Toni and will suggest this too.  Love the tips...around here, I don't really think of it! :-)

June 01, 2012 06:55 AM
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Kathy Sheehan
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Having lived in Florida, I can say that this is a very good checklist to get through hurricane season!

June 01, 2012 08:00 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
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Kathy, Great information. I remember living in Miami when I was about 4 yrs old and a hurricane was coming. My Dad protected the windows and we filled the bathtub up with water. I thought that was so cool because it meant I didn't have to have a bath as long as the hurricane was coming. It rained hard and blew limbs but no other real damage occured that I remember.

June 01, 2012 08:11 AM
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Kathy Streib
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Lisa- there are so many things that people can do now rather than waiting until a hurricane is coming and then you feel pressured.

Dorie- we can no longer be blase’ about hurricanes after we’ve seen what they can do.  Many were without power for 2 weeks or more and you really feel the pinch.

Carol- OMG and Beryl wasn’t even a hurricane!  Hope nothing else was damaged.

Brenda- thank you...since I’ve always lived in a hurricane area, you just accept it and make sure you are prepared.

Josh-thank you.

James- you’re not kidding.  I can’t believe it’s summer... didn’t we just have Easter??

Bobbie- I’m hoping it will be.  We’ve already had a lot of rain.

Rob- keeping my fingers crossed!  Have a great weekend.

Capt. Wayne-it really is never too early.  You want to avoid having to rush to the store when everyone else is doing the same.

BarbaraT- thank goodness, we’ve had some mild years recently.  I’m hoping for the same this year.

Richard- the Boy Scouts knew what they were talking about.  And, since I was a Girl Scout... I’m going to  do the same.

Gabe- the important thing is that if they don’t have insurance, they need to get it before we’re under a Hurricane warning or watch.

NIS- exactly.  I’m always amazed when you see people right after a hurricane who don’t have any water or food.  And that’s the day after the hurricane not 3 or 4 days out.

Ginny- the north can experience hurricanes as well!  And I remember the floods in VT and surrounding areas last year.

Richard- thanks for the group feature.  After one of our hurricanes, and 3 days without power, I tracked down one of the repair trucks and bribed them with a case of adult beverages to fix our area.

Connie- many don’t, and you will see them being interviewed on television the day after the hurricane complaining about no one helping them!  Have a great weekend.

Joanna- it’s very important especially if you have young children.  During Hurricane Andrew a friend down in Miami stayed and said her children were terrified.  

John (Q-Man)-  meant to ask you about the fires in your area.  Hope you’re not in harm’s way.

BARFF- guess it’s a trade off since we don’t have snow.  

Christine- even when we lived in VA, we kept certain things available in case we needed to evacuate.

Dianne- it’s amazing how far inland they can come.  When I was in Houston, we had a hurricane that came in and knocked out the glass in the skyscrapers, then went further inland and knocked out a marina.

Toni- it’s here!!!!  I cringe at the thought of anyone leaving their pet behind.  Thanks for the suggest.

Kristin- I have never had to deal with earthquakes... and only once in VA did we have tornadoes.  I’d still rather have a hurricane..at least you know they’re coming.

Kathy- thank you. I guess these are things we could all do regardless of hurricane season or not.

Debbie- oh how funny.  I went through Hurricane Carla when I was in grade school, and I thought it was cool because we didn’t have to go to school.  Only thing was it rained all day so we couldn’t go out to play and the only thing on television was hurricane reports.

June 01, 2012 09:29 AM
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Kathy Very timely information post.  It always baffles me how many people disregard the warnings

June 01, 2012 01:35 PM
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Anna Dovger
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Kathy, I don't even want to think about hurricane season. All great tips. One more tip form personal experience: empty our your fridge before you leave.

June 01, 2012 03:05 PM
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Scott Godzyk
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Good Afternoon Kathy, very nice list of things to get ready for Hurricane season. lets hope they all stay out to sea. have a great Friday

June 01, 2012 03:44 PM
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Tammy Lankford
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yeah, everyone in my family has a tornado bug out bag with supplies.  It pays to be prepared.

June 01, 2012 05:18 PM
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Lou Ludwig
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Kathy

We all have to be prepared for hurricanes, hopefully they by-pass this year.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

June 01, 2012 06:28 PM
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Emily Medvec
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Kathy this is great information. I would suggest you add what you think are the best smartphone apps for warnings, especially since FL does have visitors from all over the globe.

June 01, 2012 06:42 PM
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Sharon Tara
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I'm glad my parents spend hurricane season here in NH and aren't in Florida.  We did just have a tornado warning here though.  Great tips, Kathy!

June 01, 2012 07:07 PM
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Sharon Alters
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Kathy, thanks for the reminders. We have pets and I certainly would not want to leave home and not be able to take them with me.

Sharon

June 02, 2012 09:08 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Karen- just watch the news the day after a hurricane!  There are always people who complain but they haven't stocked up at all.

Anna- good idea. I'd hate to think of the smell if your power were to go out. 

Scott- yes. I'm happy not to have a hurricane.

Tammy- it's good to have regardless of where you are. 

Lou- let's keep our fingers crossed for no hurricanes this year. 

Emily- forgot to add that and yes there are smartphone apps for hurricanes.

Sharon- see.... I'd still rather be in a hurricane-prone area!!!

Sharon- I think there are some places where pets can be left but you have to make reservations early. 

June 04, 2012 09:37 AM
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