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Are You Prepared?

As we say goodbye to another hot Florida summer, we also approach the height of hurricane season. This is no time to letyour guard down. It is important to stay informed in order to get as much warning as possible before a hurricane or even just a tropical storm. Having lived over 20 years in Southwest Florida, I’d like to think I would know what to do in the event of a hurricane whether major or minor; but even the most experienced person can be caught off guard. The most important thing is to stay informed. Be listening for updates so you have an idea of what to expect. Have a plan if you have to evacuate and leave your home.

Here’s a quick checklist to make sure you have everything you may need to be away from your home for a few days:

Have a disaster supply kit:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Cash
  • First aid supplies
  • Medications
  • Special documents
  • Charged cell phones
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Drinking water

If you don’t have to leave and choose to stay in your home during the storm there are rooms generally safer than other for you to go to. Find a room in the center of the house without windows, the bathroom or interior closet is usually your best bet. You could be there for several hours (at minimum) so make sure your supply kit also has magazines or something to take your mind off the storm … try to stay calm!

While in your home you should always be aware of your surroundings. Pay close attention to any rising water or falling trees which could threaten your safety. It’s important to have a secondary plan as to where you and your family will go if the situation worsens. Please remember that hurricanes are not to be taken lightly.

Drowning and electrocution are the leading cause of death during inclement weather situations. And the last place you want to be is stranded in your vehicle … please plan ahead!

Remember the old adage “those who fail to plan, can usually plan to fail”? Be prepared, make a plan, your friends and family will thank you for it!