Along with summer comes the possibility of hurricanes or tropical storms here in Florida. The hurricane season officially runs June 1st and through November 30th, peaking late August through September. If the experts are right, the good news is that we are on track for a below-average hurricane season here in Florida in 2015. However, it pays to be prepared; here are some helpful tips and information to protect your loved ones and Florida home in case of a storm.
Family Disaster Plan
A disaster plan is important not just for hurricanes; recent flooding in Tampa and Lakeland shows that weather emergencies can occur during any storm, and emergencies can happen when you least expect. The top way to protect your loved ones is to have a plan and make sure everyone in the household has it engraved in their mind.
Designate an out-of-state friend or family member to be an emergency point of contact; it may be easier to get a call to go through out of state than across town in case of a local disaster. Text messages may also have a better chance of getting through when you can’t get a call out. Also, every person with a cell phone should have a designated ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact in their phone, which emergency personnel are trained to look for. Check out Ready.gov to help you develop a family disaster plan and keep in touch during an emergency.
Make sure you are aware of emergency shelter locations in the vicinity of your Florida home. FloridaPetFriendly.com offers a resource that lists pet friendly shelters and hotels by county, and most county websites also designate pet-friendly shelter locations.
Disaster Supply Kit
Ready.gov recommends a basic emergency kit include the following:
When preparing your kit, make sure to write the date you store it on all your containers and replace with fresh food and water every six months. Easy to carry containers such as a tote works well for storing your disaster supplies.
Prepare Your Home
It is very important to prepare your home to weather the storm. Keep up with outside maintenance year round — don’t wait until a storm is coming! Here are a few of our top tips to keep your home storm-ready:
Make sure you’re not caught off guard this storm season. You can find out more about how to protect your family and Florida home from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Highland Homes is based in Lakeland, Florida, and owners, Robert J. and Joel Adams, have more than 60 years of combined experience building quality homes in Florida. As a local company, we understand Florida weather and our homes are built to meet or exceed the latest hurricane standards and building codes to protect your investment and family. Peace of mind is just one of the many reasons to choose Highland Homes. Visit the Highland Homes website to learn more about our dedication to building you a quality and affordable new home, and providing the most satisfying home buying experience possible.
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