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Steps to Take Before a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Hits

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

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As hurricane season approaches, it's crucial to prepare your home and family for potential storms. By taking proactive measures and planning ahead, you can minimize the impact of a tropical storm or hurricane and ensure the safety of your loved ones. In this blog, we'll discuss important steps to take before the storm arrives, helping you to stay informed, organized, and prepared for any emergency.

1. Stay Informed

Monitor weather forecasts and updates from reliable sources, such as the National Hurricane Center or local emergency management agencies. Pay attention to storm tracks, projected intensity, and evacuation orders in your area. Stay informed about potential hazards, evacuation routes, and emergency shelters available in your community.

2. Prepare an Emergency Kit

Gather essential supplies and create an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, medications, first-aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, and important documents. Stock up on supplies for at least three days to ensure you have enough provisions in case of power outages or restricted access to stores.

3. Secure Your Home

Inspect your property for potential hazards and secure loose items that could become projectiles in high winds, such as patio furniture, outdoor décor, and potted plants. Trim trees and branches near your home and remove dead or diseased limbs that could pose a risk during the storm. Reinforce windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood to protect against flying debris.

4. Evacuation Planning

Know your evacuation zone and have a plan in place for relocating to a safe location if necessary. Determine evacuation routes and designate a meeting point for your family members in case you get separated. Make arrangements for pets and livestock, and consider the needs of elderly or disabled individuals who may require special assistance during evacuation.

5. Backup Power and Utilities

Invest in a portable generator or backup power source to maintain essential appliances and equipment during power outages. Test your generator in advance and ensure it is properly fueled and functioning. Turn off utilities, such as gas, water, and electricity, before the storm to prevent damage and reduce the risk of fire or electrocution.

6. Communication Plan

Establish a communication plan with family members, friends, and neighbors to stay connected during the storm. Exchange contact information and designate an out-of-state contact person as a central point of communication. Use text messages, social media, or a designated group chat to stay in touch and provide updates on your status.

By following these pre-storm preparations, you can enhance your readiness and resilience in the face of a tropical storm or hurricane. From staying informed and assembling an emergency kit to securing your home and planning for evacuation, taking proactive steps before the storm hits can help mitigate risks and protect your property and loved ones. For professional assistance with storm damage restoration and cleanup, contact our team at SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood for prompt and reliable service. Stay safe and be prepared!

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