Hurricane Season: June 1 - November 30
June 1 oﬃcially kicks off Hurricane Season. When you live in Florida, this isn’t just something you see on the nightly news or the Weather Channel, Hurricane Season is what we LIVE through every year. After a long period of silence, in 2004 Hurricane Season became a reality for many Central Florida residents when we were hit with four major storms, one after another: Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. That was a wake-up call for many of us. Luckily, we were able to enjoy a few years of rest before Mother Nature unleashed her fury once again with Matthew, and the following year with Irma then Maria. Irma hit late in 2017 yet we are still seeing the after eﬀects of that horriﬁc storm. People are still suﬀering from the damage with blue tarps on their roofs. Those who never received proper water dry-out in a timely fashion are now suﬀering from the dangerous and deadly eﬀects of mold. Unfortunately, these are the realities of a major hurricane. The problem is that if not taken care of immediately, the secondary damage can grow to detrimental property loss and potential health hazards.
Check out our blog for more information on how you can best prepare for a hurricane for you and your pets.
Hurricane Prep - Getting Your Supplies
Be Prepared! The National Hurricane Center is a great resource to track a hurricane and learn about evacuation routes in your area and safety tips and guidelines to follow before, during and after a hurricane. Don’t forget to put together your emergency supplies long before a hurricane is on its way. As soon as you know the storm is coming, be sure to fill up your gas tanks in your car and portable gas cans for use in your car or generator.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on using a portable generator during a power outage. Safety should always be your #1 concern.
- Keep pets inside until the storm has long passed by.
- Stay away from windows and glass doors.
- If there is standing water turn off the main electric breaker to avoid shock.
- Listen for alerts via a portable NOAA radio
- Keep computers and electronics unplugged