The threat of hurricanes and tropical storms is one that is taken very seriously in the state of Florida. Not only can they cause serious damage when they make landfall, but also in the days leading up to it. It is because of this that all residents should have a plan in place for strong winds and rain, even if they are planning to evacuate for the storm. As hurricane season is beginning in Florida and tropical storm Isaias is expected to make landfall this weekend, it is important to be prepared. Continue reading below to learn more about how this can be done.
How Can I Prepare Before the Storm?
Before a hurricane strikes, a plan should be put into place that would allow you to make the most of the situation if damage is done. Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause trees to land on houses, flooding to occur, and more. It is because of this that it is crucial to keep all of your important documents in a safe location that you can easily access after the storm is over. This should include your homeowners’ insurance policy.
In addition to this, be sure to conduct an inventory of your property. The quickest and easiest way to do so is by taking thorough photos of the inside and outside of the property. These pictures can cover broad ground, such as the walls and flooring. However, it can be beneficial to take photos of specific items you own as well, such as furniture, appliances, electronics, etc. It may also help to photograph the barcodes on these products so they can easily be appraised if any damage is done during the storm.
What Should I Include in a Disaster Kit?
While anticipating an approaching storm, be sure to think about what should be kept on hand during this time. By recommendation of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, a well-stocked emergency preparedness kit should last a minimum of seven days. What is in this kit can vary based on a person or family’s own needs. However, basic items to have can include the following:
- Cooking supplies
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags
- First aid kits, prescription medication, and other necessary medicines
- Toiletries and cleaning supplies
- A battery operated radio
- Special items as per each individual’s (or pet’s) needs
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