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Taking Hurricane Season by Storm

As a Florida-based company, we are no stranger to hurricanes. We know how serious they can get and how important it is to be prepared. The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (a division of the National Weather Service) predicts an above-normal hurricane season this year. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30, so it’s time to get ready!

Check out the NOAA 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook:

2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Pie chart
Source: noaa.gov

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises being ready before the height of hurricane season. Here are some steps you can take to get prepared in case of disaster:

  • man boarding up windowHave an emergency supply kit ready (at least seven days worth)
  • Discuss with household members where you will go in case of evacuation
  • Store important documents in resealable water-tight plastic bags to waterproof them and/or create digital copies
  • Review your homeowner’s insurance – it typically does not cover flooding
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and clear yard waste that could cause damage if picked up by the wind
  • Protect your home and devices by purchasing surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Remove debris from gutters and drains
  • Board up windows and doors using storm shutters or pieces of plywood
  • Fill up your sinks and bathtubs with water in case your water is cut off
  • Make sure your car is gassed up in case of evacuation
  • Sign up for emergency alerts in your area
  • Know your evacuation zone

Storm surges and powerful winds caused by hurricanes pose the greatest threat. Learn more tips from ready.gov to prepare for power outages and flooding.

Additional Resources

  • Get your customized emergency plan with the FEMA mobile app or at FloridaDisaster.org
  • Understand your flood risk
  • In case of an evacuation order, text “shelter” and your ZIP code to 43362 for a list of nearby shelter locations

For more information about this hurricane season, visit noaa.gov.

Stay safe!