Despite the approach of autumn, our area is still in the midst of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. That means the threat for severe weather remains. Through November, meteorologists say Florida is at risk for tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, high winds, and heavy rain. That means you must remain vigilant to protect your property and loved ones.
Thankfully, there are ways you can keep your family and belongings safe and secure, no matter what Mother Nature musters up. Use these tips to safeguard yourself and others throughout hurricane season and beyond.
1) Prepare Early
Forecasters say the time to prepare for severe weather is when the sun is still shining. That means you can and should be ready for anything from the moment a storm is detected. Officials say waiting until the last minute to prepare could be too late, and might put you and your loved ones in danger.
Avoid that scenario by planning for the worst, and including all the items you’ll need to ride out a storm. That includes a well-stocked first-aid kit, necessary medications, enough food and water to last for at least two weeks, waterproof containers for valuables and important documents, and more.
You should also be ready for a scenario where you have to go extended periods without power. Purchase a generator to run the air conditioner and charge personal electronics. You should also make sure to withdraw cash, and have extra gasoline and other fuel on hand. Many of these essentials could be in short supply before and directly following a storm.
2) Make a Family Plan
As part of this preparation, it’s also wise to ensure every member of the family fully understands their roles and responsibilities when faced with severe weather. When everyone works together and stays on the same page, officials say potential disaster can often be avoided.
You should also establish a meeting point, should any member of the family become separated from the group. Make sure everyone is aware of emergency contacts, shelters, essential information, and similar.
3) Secure Your Property
Well before the storm, it makes sense to walk around your property and inspect the situation. Check for debris and items that could become airborne in the event of high winds. Now’s also the time to bring in patio furniture, barbecue grills, and any other home furnishings and equipment that could be damaged or cause problems if a storm should strike.
As part of this process, it’s also wise to notice what’s happening elsewhere in your neighborhood. For instance, if a neighbor has a large brush pile or unsecured debris and other items in their yard, that could pose a direct threat to the security of your property. Speak with them about the issue, and offer to lend a hand if necessary or desired.
4) Choose an Outstanding Community
To that end, teamwork and camaraderie go a long way when faced with severe weather. That starts by knowing who your neighbors are, and always looking out for one another. Achieving that goal is easy when you live in a dynamic community filled with like-minded people who share your same interests.
For nearly 30 years, we’ve helped homeowners just like you find their ideal custom home in some of the most outstanding neighborhoods in Central Florida. That includes Southern Pines, Westland Village, Halifax Plantation, and more. Best of all, this option enables you to enjoy everything you’ve always wanted in a residence, with none of the features you don’t need. Contact us today to get started on a high-quality custom home of your own.