Our Guide to Hurricanes

  • Bianca Ungerman
  • 05/20/19
 
After 30 years in South Florida, no one knows how to handle hurricanes and tropical storms like us. We've braved all the greats- hurricanes Andrew, Harvey, Irene, Michelle, Charley, Frances, Katrina, Wilma, Irene, Matthew, Irma, and Michael. With hurricane season upon us (June 1 to Nov. 30) this is our advice:



Pre Season Preparation:
 
  • Know your evacuation routes. 
  • Make sure your home meets building codes- impact windows and shutters are a must.
  • Have a hurricane kit 
  • Determine your safe room (this room should have no windows)
  • Check insurance coverage 


When a warning or a watch is issued
 
  • Do not hesitate if called to evacuate. Objects are replaceable, you are not!
  • Cover your windows, and bring all outside objects inside. 
  • Make sure you have non perishable foods and water on hand (we recommend at least 1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Make copies of important documents & back up your electronics
  • Fill your car with fuel and charge all of your technology. 
  • Right before the storm, fill your tubs with water so you can flush your toilet!
  • Take pictures of your home pre storm- this might save you a bundle in the worst case scenario...


What's in our hurricane kit?
 
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation 
  • Can opener for food
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container 
  • Cash
  • Fire Extinguisher Jumper cables (always smart to have, in case of an emergency.)

After the storm
 
  • Don't go outside until you receive the all clear.
  • Report any downed power lines, but don't go near them!
Stay safe out there this hurricane season!
 
 

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