More and more residents across the east coast are making advanced preparations for hurricane season and we want to make sure you’re prepared and safe now and in the future.
According to a new AAA consumer pulse survey, three in four Florida residents are getting prepared a lot sooner than last year. There is a 17% increase over the last year.
Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, but we have already seen a named storm. Officials are predicting that this will be an active year.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) hurricane forecast predicts:
- Named Storms: 11 – 17
- Hurricanes: 5 – 9
- Major Hurricanes (category 3 or higher): 2 – 4
AAA’s Hurricane Preparation Tips
- Secure Your Home – Inspect your home for minor repairs needed to roof, windows, down spouts, etc. Trim trees or bushes that could cause damage to your home in case of high winds.
- Make a Plan – Develop a Family Emergency Plan to include ways to contact each other, alternative meeting locations, and an out-of-town contact person. Identify a safe room or safest areas in your home. Research your evacuation route. Be sure and include plans for your pets.
- Take Inventory – Update your home inventory by walking through your home with a video camera or smart phone. Keep a record of large purchases including the cost of the item, when purchased and model and serial numbers as available.
- Stock Emergency Supplies – Plan for a week’s worth of non-perishable food and water. Be sure and have flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, medications, first aid kit, blankets, toiletries, diapers, etc. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep in your car should you evacuate.
- Protect Your Property – Review your homeowners insurance with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate protection. Discuss your deductibles. Be aware that flood insurance in not typically covered under your homeowners policy. Flooding to your automobile is available under the Physical Damage coverage.