These last few years, Florida has been fortunate enough to avoid any major hurricanes. So as we enter this hurricane season, I can’t help but wonder if this will be the year our good luck runs out. During our streak of good luck, have we Floridians grown complacent? The peak of our hurricane season is just around the corner – from mid-August to late October.
Are you ready for a hurricane? Here are some basic steps to prepare for a hurricane. Please check out the complete guide here.
1. Do you have your emergency kit?
Your emergency kit should be one of the first things on your list, since the supplies can take a while to gather, and you don’t want to be fighting in the middle of Publix with someone over a loaf of bread. First and foremost, make sure that you have enough food (non-perishable) and water for at least 72 hours. You’ll also need a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and a whistle to signal for help. Each emergency kit should be personalized to your family, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency released a family supply list that can help your family build an emergency kit.
2. What’s your Evacuation Route?
Learn your hurricane evacuation route so you know where you would need to go if you needed to evacuate. Having a set plan will help reduce panic if you need to leave your home quickly.
3. Is your home protected?
Make plans to secure your property. Have you heard that just putting tape on your windows can protect them? Well, that’s a lie. Tape can’t protect your windows! Permanent storm shutters are your best bet, but you could also board up your windows. Just have the wood cut to fit and ready to install. If you have storm shutters, make sure that you test them out to make sure that they work.
You should also look into securing flood insurance for your home. At Lakewood Financial Services, we’re always available to help you with any of your insurance needs. Give us a call today to speak with one of our local agents!