Preparing for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, it’s important to remember that the peak of the season is September 10, with the most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October, according to the Hurricane Center.

Before a Storm Hits:

  • Prune weak branches and trees around your home. Use hearty native plants in your landscaping design. Use mulch instead of pebbles around plantings (pebbles can cause damage in high winds).
  • Ensure drains on terraces and balconies are not clogged and allow water to flow freely.
  • Replace standard windows with impact resistant window systems.

When a Hurricane is Coming: 

  • Move personal possessions to the center of your home, away from windows and doors.
  • Remove all patio furniture from your yard or terrace, and store it in your garage or house.
  • Fill the fuel supply for your back-up electrical generator. Place important documents, such as insurance policies, bank information, credit card information and important contact numbers, in a plastic container.

After a Hurricane: 

  • If you discover water in your home, contact a restoration company immediately to begin the water extraction process.
  • Run the air conditioner to dehumidify your home.
  • Remove any wet items and store them in the garage, if possible.
  • Call your insurance broker to report any damage.

Plan Ahead: 

  • In the event of an evacuation: 
    • Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plan.
    • Know your evacuation route and have a predetermined destination in mind.
    • Select a point of contact and common meeting place if separated during the evacuation.
    • All vehicles should be well fueled. Gas will be scarce.
    • Make sure you bring essential items (including cell phone, flash light and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] radio).
  • If you are unable to evacuate: 
    • Identify a “shelter” room in your home. This enclosed area should be on the first floor, in a central part of the home with no windows.
    • Remain in contact with neighbors who are staying in their home during the storm.
    • Park your vehicle, on high ground if possible, parallel to the building. Remove insurance information from the car for safe keeping, and take pictures of your car before the storm.
    • Make arrangements to use alternative means of communication.
    • Consider installing a gas-powered generator to power your home in the event of a power outage. Test and refuel it regularly to ensure it is operational at the time you need it.
    • If flooding threatens the home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. Unplug or turn off major appliances.

For the latest storm information, visit each county’s emergency management website:

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