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Wednesday's Weather Word: Hurricane Preparedness

Posted: 7:50 AM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-10 07:50:24-04
Wednesday's Weather Word: Hurricane Preparedness

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