The 2008 Hurricane season begins today, June 1st. Are you prepared? Recent reports on television say that less than half of the population of Florida and other states have done anything to prepare themselves and their properties for a strong storm. And this year they are predicting that we will have a more storm activity than we normally do. So I felt it was time to review some things you should be doing if you are in an area that frequently is affected by hurricanes and tropical storms.
The Federal Government recommends the following:
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
- Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
Here in Florida many supermarkets, supercenters, and television stations give out free storm tracking maps. You can also find these on line at many sites. When a storm is in close proximity, many of these stations will also provide online tracking sites so you can follow the progress of a hurricane in real time via the internet.
Do keep in mind that in Florida, if a hurricane watch or warning has been issued anywhere in the state, the insurance companies will stop writing new policies until the threat has passed. This can be an issue if you are in the process of buying a home and need to get it insured while a storm is in the vicinity. Most of the contracts we use have language that allows you to delay the closing on the sale until insurance is once again available.
Even though these storms can be quite destructive, we are luckier than most of the victims of natural disasters are. That is because in almost all cases, we have several days of warning before a storm hits. That gives us precious time to prepare ourselves. But do not wait until the last minute. Take steps now so that if a storm is headed our way, you can avoid the panic buying and such. You can then just relax knowing that you are already prepared!
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John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida