People that live in South Florida are aware that they should always be prepared in the event of a hurricane. New homeowners are often so wrapped up in their new home they forget to prepare. It’s important to remember that possessions can be replaced and a home repaired, but protecting lives is the priority.
The official hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30, but hurricanes have been known to form outside those parameters. One of the first things that homeowners should do when word of a hurricane is announced is to make sure their phone is charged at all times and it’s programmed with numbers for doctors, insurance agents, family members and other key people. It’s also a good idea to keep an external battery pack for charging phones.
Every homeowner should have an emergency preparedness kit for each person in the home and that includes pets. One of the most valuable items to obtain is a waterproof and fireproof container to hold essential important papers. Those should include a driver’s license and vehicle titles, Social Security card, and passport.
Individuals will want to include marriage and adoption papers, a copy of any insurance policies and home inventories. Financial documents, credit/debit cards, tax records, and any other legal documents should be included.
An emergency preparedness kit should include a flashlight and batteries, hand sanitizer, clean clothing and blankets, non-perishable food items for people and pets, eating utensils, bottled water, a NOAA-approved weather radio, and any medications for people and companion animals. A lighter typically used for grills can also come in handy.
Don’t forget to prepare the outdoor environment by securing any outdoor items in a garage or outbuilding that can blow away or wash away such as toys, trash cans, and lawn furniture. Clean the gutters, have the roof inspected, and move as many items as possible from the basement. Have a tree specialist check the health of the trees on the property and have them trimmed or removed as needed.
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