When’s Florida’s hurricane season? It begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th.
Below is all the information that you need to have in order to keep your family safe.
Hurricanes are classified by 5 categories.
Category 1: 74-95 mph sustained winds
Category 2: 96-110 mph sustained winds
Category 3: 111-129 mph sustained winds
Category 4: 130-156 mph sustained winds
Category 5: 157 mph or higher sustained winds
Below is the list of the 2017 Atlantic Storm Names
25 Hurricane Safety Tips:
BEFORE THE STORM
- Determine ahead of time where the official hurricane shelters will be located for emergency evacuation
- Make sure you have a secure room, preferably one in the center of the house without any windows.
- Review insurance policies to determine if you’re covered in the event of flood and wind damage.
- Keep your ID’s, wallets, credit cards, insurance policies and other important documents in a water tight container with your emergency supplies
- Pay attention to local weather reports. (We recommend staying tuned to NOAA Weather Radio)
- Have plenty of batteries and flashlights available.
- Be sure you have plenty of water and fuel to last a week
- Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters.
- Always have a plan for action in advance.
- Secure all outdoor objects
- Keep extra cash on hand for emergency purposes
- Stock up on food and water for each family member. We recommended going to the store as soon as you think the storm will hit. (3-4 days out) If you wait until the day before the storm, everything will already be bought.
- If you live within a mile from the coastline that is about to get hit by the hurricane, then we recommended evacuating.
- Let your family members and neighbors know your evacuation plans.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay in your secure room until authorities announce that the storm is clear of your area.
- Be sure to have plenty of pillows and blankets.
- Use battery powered flashlights or spotlights. Never use candles or open flames indoors.
- Play board games to help pass the time.
- Have a few pens and paper handy in case someone wants to draw or write something.
- Pay attention to local weather reports. (we recommend staying tuned to NOAA Weather Radio)
AFTER THE STORM
- If you evacuated, return to your home when instructed to do so by authorities.
- If you stayed in your home during the storm then do not go outside until you are told it’s safe.
- Do not attempt to drive through areas of flowing water. (Moving water as little as 6″ deep can sweep you away)
- Be careful walking around all of the debris and lose objects.
- Take pictures of the damage to your property and notify your insurance company.