Get ready, because we all know that hurricane season is here in South Florida, and we are all
getting prepared. Whether we have a hurricane this year or not, it is important to remain
knowledgeable on the preparations, and what to do if one does in fact hit.
Whether you are planning to travel to a location that is at risk for being affected by hurricanes, or if you are a resident, we want to provide you with the information.
Just to keep in mind
Hurricane season begins June 1st and lasts until November 31.
What To Expect
During the months of June through November
During this time we typically experience a large amount of rain and bad weather. Although they identify this time period as “hurricane season,” it does not mean that there is necessarily going to be a hurricane, or one that will hit us.
Florida has gone through years of zero hurricane activity, so chances are that you will be storm free whether you are a resident or on vacation.
However, if a hurricane does hit, you can expect the effects of the storm to last long after it has passed. The effects of the hurricane can include the following:
- Damage to local infrastructures, roads, transportation, electricity, phone lines, food, water, and medical centers.
- Airport closures and limited flights due to the weather.
- Ships out in the water may have to rearrange their arrival and departure dates due to ocean and sea ports that may be impacted.
There are emergency shelters that provide limited food and medical supplies. You will be notified on their exact location by the local news if a storm is supposed to hit.
How To Prepare For A Hurricane
You must always have an emergency evacuation plan in case of the need to departure. Although residents and visitors closer to the coastline may be at a higher risk, those living far from the water can experience extremely heavy winds, tornadoes, mudslides and floods from these seasonal storms.
1. Follow the instructions of local authorities. They will guide you in the right direction on what to do depending on the intensity of the storm
2. Update your friends and family on a regular basis
3. Go to your local grocery store and get non-perishable food that can last 3-5 days
4. Purchase cases of water
5. Make sure you are equipped with a first aid kit, any prescriptions and medication you need
6. Stock up on batteries and a flashlight
7. Purchase a battery operated radio so you can keep track of the news
8. Get a lighter/matches and candles
9. Personal hygiene items
10. Manual can opener
11. Items for pets or babies
12. An evacuation plan if family members are separated
Secure Your Home
Know what to do before a storm hits
- Make sure that all of your windows are covered with hurricane shutters
- Make sure that all trees and shrubs are trimmed
- Bring any of your outside furniture inside
What To Do If You Lose Power
Consider this list to help you prepare
- Prior to the storm hitting, make sure that your cars are filled with gas
- Have extra cash on you at all times
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged
- Cover up all windows and any light entering the home. It is possible to lose power for an extended period of time, which can be very uncomfortable. Although people think that portable fans can cool down your body temperature, it actually does not. Keep out as much light as possible.
- Fill the bathtubs in your home (or buckets) with water prior to the storm. This can be used for washing and flushing the toilet in case of a power outage.
- Freeze food and water. This will keep the food fresh for a longer period of time if the power goes out.
Our final thoughts Hurricanes can be destructive, and it is important to remain educated on all safety measures. Our number one suggestion at Alan Abramson would be to prepare as much as possible.
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All in all, meet with a professional South Florida real estate agent at Alan Abramson. We can help you make the best possible decision on how to list your property based on market value to receive quality offers.