Wednesday's Weather Word: Hurricane Preparedness

Tips on how to get prepared for Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season begins June 1st and lasts until the end of November. You'll want to make sure you're prepared well before a storm threatens south Florida. The National Hurricane Center sponsors Hurricane Preparedness Week which aims at helping people prepare before the season starts with a week of preparation tips.

Determine your risk: Find out what types of hurricane hazards, such as wind speeds and flooding probability, could affect you where you live. Then make a plan on how you'd handle them.

Make an evacuation plan: Determine if you live in a storm surge evacuation zone or if  your home would be unsafe during a hurricane. If so, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. Make sure your whole family knows this plan.

Assemble Disaster Supplies: Some of the things suggested by the NHC include: enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family at least a week. Other good supplies include extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights.

Secure an insurance check up: Talk with your insurance agent to make sure you have enough coverage to repair your home and cover your car and/or boat. Flood insurance often isn't included in standard homeowner's insurance so double check if you may need that.

Strengthen your home: Make sure your home is up to local hurricane building code specifications, especially if your plan to ride out the storm in your home.

Check on your neighbor: Talk about ways you and your neighbors can help one another before a storm hits. Some neighbors may rely on your help more than you know.

Complete Your written hurricane plan: Now is the time to know where you will go and how you will get there.

For a more in depth explanation of these preparedness tips visit: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

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