Hurricanes are a fact of life in South Florida from June 1st – November 30th. It is necessary that you have a plan of action, should a hurricane become an eminent threat. There are numerous procedures that can be done prior to a hurricane to lessen the possibilities of physical injury and property damage. Below, we have listed a few tips for you.
1. Know the terms used by weather forecasters.
Hurricane Watch- A hurricane is possible within 36 hours. Stay tuned for additional advisories.
Hurricane Warning- A hurricane is expected within 24 hours. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
2. Listen for local radio or television weather forecasts. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery backup.
3. Contact Broward County Emergency Management at (954) 831-3900 about community evacuation plans and whether your neighborhood would be told to evacuate. Learn evacuation routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
4. Talk to your family about hurricanes. Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated from one another in a disaster. Choose an out-of-state contact for everyone to call to say they are okay.
5. Determine the needs of family members who may live elsewhere but need your help in a hurricane. Consider the special needs of neighbors.
6. Prepare to survive on your own for at least three days. Assemble a disaster supplies kit. Include a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing and food and WATER!!
7. Make plans to protect your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8″ marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking! Remember: Permanent shutters need association approval prior to installation. Plywood/Tape will need to be removed seven (7) days after the hurricane passed. Owners will be responsible for all stucco repairs cause by nailing, screwing, etc., plywood to the building.
8. Know how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots are located and how the heating and air conditioning system works.
9. Consider flood insurance. Purchase insurance well in advance. There is normally a five-day waiting period before flood insurance takes effect.
10. Make a record of your personal property. Take photographs of or videotape your belongings.
11. Remove any personal items from the outside of your unit (bikes, flower pots, rugs, etc.).
12. Don’t forget your four-legged family members and any other pet! Remember to stock up on their food and any other necessary supplies (including medications).
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