All About Hurricanes

Welcome to the 2023 Hurricane Season we created this short hurricane preparation and survival guide and website to help the families in our community be prepared to survive out upcoming storm season. By providing important information about this hurricane season and how the most up to date and accurate information about hurricanes by researching and combining the expert weather information from local and national sources.

Personal Safety Before, During and After the Storm

Family Safety Plan

Include a plan for you and your family just in case of emergency.

Personal

Making sure that you’re safe during a storm is the main priority when getting prepared. more

Family

The safety of you and your family is just as important especially if you have children or elderly relatives. more

Pets

If your family includes pets and you are asked to evacuate to a shelter be sure that the shelter takes pets. more

Preparing for hurricane season is crucial for the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones. While we always hope for the best, it is essential to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Hurricanes are powerful and unpredictable natural disasters that can cause significant damage to homes, infrastructure, and even loss of life. By taking the time to prepare in advance, you can minimize the potential risks and ensure your security during and after a hurricane.

Preparing for hurricane season involves several key steps. First and foremost, it is important to stay informed about the latest weather updates and warnings from local authorities. Sign up for emergency alerts through your community’s notification systems, and keep a battery-powered radio or weather app on your phone to receive updates during power outages. Stay tuned to reliable sources of information, such as the National Hurricane Center or local news channels, for accurate and timely updates.

By understanding these aspects and being prepared for what to expect during a hurricane, you can take control of your own security and increase the chances of staying safe throughout the storm. Remember, preparedness is key, and taking proactive steps can make a significant difference in your ability to cope with and recover from a hurricane.

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Family Safety Plan

Include a plan for you and your family just in case of emergency.

Personal

Making sure that you’re safe during a storm is the main priority when getting prepared. more

Family

The safety of you and your family is just as important especially if you have children or elderly relatives. more

Pets

If your family includes pets and you are asked to evacuate to a shelter be sure that the shelter takes pets. more

Personal Safety During the Storm

Personal Safety During the Storm
Creating a plan of action is the key to being prepared for the worst and being prepared will ease anxiety and frustration when there is an imminent threat.  There are certain steps that you can take today to get started with your preparation so it won’t be so overwhelming.

Starting to complete steps little by little each day will give you comfort when the day that we have a hurricane warning. If you get caught unprepared then it can not only cost you your peace of mind but it can cost you time and money as well.

Protect Property

Planning also includes your personal and business property.

Home

Finding affordable home insurance is important for home owners as well as renters. more

Business

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Vehicle

Checking all of your insurance documents to determine what is covered in the case of hurricane or flood damage to your vehicle.

Boat

Boats and other watercrafts are just as vunerable as a home or a vehicle. Check each policy and follow the guidelines used to anchor your vessel in a save storage space. more

Protecting and Securing Your Property

All property is at risk when there is a storm and it’s difficult to see the things that you worked so hard for get destroyed in a storm. Today you can make an accessment on the things that you have and what it’s going to take to secure them and insure them. Start with your home gutters, windows, trees, and anything that can become airborn by the wind. Research your county to see if you are in a flood zone. If you are it is importaant that you get good flood insurance.

Protect Your Vehicle
You may want to park your vehicle somewhere away from trees and power wires if possible. If you are in a flood zone then try to find a section of ground that may be higher than the other areas.

Protect Your Boat
There are a lot of people down here that own boats and other sea vessels that are also at risk of being damages by high winds. Having your sea vessel at home is different then having it docked at the marina.

You can check to see if your home is in a flood zone by clicking

Florida Disaster.org

Protecting a Single-Family Home
When it comes to protecting your single-family home during a hurricane, there are several measures you can take:

Clear the surroundings: Trim any overhanging branches or trees that could potentially damage your home during high winds. Secure loose outdoor items or move them indoors to prevent them from becoming projectiles.

Reinforce doors and windows: Install hurricane shutters or use plywood to cover windows and glass doors. Reinforce entry doors with additional locks or braces to prevent them from being blown open.

Secure the roof: Check the condition of your roof and ensure that it is properly maintained. Repair any loose or damaged shingles and secure rooftop equipment to prevent them from being dislodged during the storm.

Clean gutters and drains: Ensure that gutters and drains are clear of debris to allow for proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can contribute to water buildup, leading to potential water damage.

Consider a generator: Investing in a backup generator can provide power during outages and help keep essential systems running, such as refrigeration, lighting, and communication devices.

Protecting an Apartment or Multi-dwelling
If you live in an apartment or multi-dwelling complex, the following steps can help protect your property:

Review the building’s hurricane plan: Familiarize yourself with the hurricane preparedness plan established by your building management. Understand evacuation procedures, designated safe areas, and emergency contact information.

Secure windows and balcony doors: If you have access to storm shutters or panels, install them over windows and glass balcony doors. Follow the guidelines provided by your building management regarding approved methods for securing these areas.

Communicate with neighbors: Establish a communication network with your neighbors to share important information and support one another during the storm. Look out for vulnerable residents, such as the elderly or individuals with disabilities, and offer assistance if needed.

Follow building management instructions: During a hurricane, closely follow the instructions and guidance provided by your building management. This may include temporary evacuation to a designated shelter or specific actions to be taken to secure common areas.

Plan for power outages: Prepare for potential power outages by having a portable battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries. Stock up on non-perishable food, water, and essential medications.

Insurance

Protect your property from the storm with insurance.

Home

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Renters

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Boat

Research Insurance Options

Research Insurance Options
There are a lot of options available but it is critical that you choose the option that is going to benefit you can your family. You can use the Internet to locate policies and read about the things that they cover. If you cannot find insurance check with your mortgage company, apartment management or home owners association for suggestions.

Once you find several policies check them and compare rates and risk involved with potential damage to your home.

4.1 Research and Compare Home Hurricane Insurance
4.2 Secure Flood Insurance
4.3 Collect and Secure Important Documents

Research Insurance Options

Research and Compare Home Hurricane Insurance
One of the most critical steps in preparing for the hurricane season is to research and compare home hurricane insurance options. Here’s what you should consider:

a. Understand your coverage needs: Evaluate the specific risks associated with hurricanes in your area and assess the value of your home and possessions. This will help you determine the coverage limits you need and the types of risks you want to protect against, such as wind damage, flood damage, or both.

b. Research insurance providers: Look for reputable insurance companies that offer home hurricane insurance in your area. Consider factors such as their financial stability, customer reviews, and claims handling reputation. Seek recommendations from friends, family, or local community groups to gather information about insurers with a good track record in handling hurricane-related claims.

c. Compare coverage options: Obtain quotes from multiple insurance providers and compare the coverage options they offer. Pay attention to policy deductibles, coverage limits, exclusions, and additional endorsements. Ensure that the policy adequately covers your home’s structure, personal belongings, and any additional structures on your property.

d. Evaluate deductibles: Hurricane insurance policies often have separate deductibles for wind damage and flood damage. Review and understand the deductible amounts and how they will be applied in the event of a claim. Consider your financial situation and determine what deductible you are comfortable with.

e. Consider additional endorsements: Some insurance policies offer additional endorsements or riders that provide enhanced coverage for specific items or risks. For example, you may want to consider adding coverage for high-value items, such as jewelry or art, or coverage for additional living expenses if your home becomes uninhabitable due to hurricane damage.

f. Understand the claims process: Review the claims process of each insurance provider to ensure it is straightforward and efficient. Understand how to report a claim, what documentation is required, and the timeframe for claim settlement. It is essential to have clear communication and understanding with your insurance provider to minimize stress and complications during the claims process.

During the Storm

Chapter 5 – After the Storm
5.1 Accessing the Damage
5.2 Contacting Emergency Services
5.3 Staying Up to Date with Changes

After the Storm

Chapter 6 – Self Care After The Storm
6.1 Seek Mental Health Help
6.2 Seek Assistance Finding a New Home If Needed
6.3 Find Mental and Emotional Help for Yourself and Family Members
6.4 Learn Healthy Coping Skills for Emotional Healing

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