In most parts of the country September comes with cooling temperatures and fall colors. In Florida, September means the beginning of a different season… Hurricane Season. Many lifetime Florida residents have lived through several severe storms. The majority claim that if the proper precautionary measures are taken there is no reason to abandon your home or neighborhood.
So, what are the proper steps? Here’s a list of tips to help you breeze through even the most intense storms.
- Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
- Cover all your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
- Keep your cell phone plugged in to ensure a full charge should you lose power.
- Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
- Fill Plastic bags or containers with water and freeze ahead of time. These can help keep the contents of your freezer cold and be used for other purposes should you lose power.
- Stay away from the windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Heed this advice for the best chance to protect your property and family this hurricane season.