Most residents in Florida are very familiar with the word hurricane. How we choose to respond can range from excitement for the weather enthusiast to sheer dread at the thought of constant rain showers, high winds, downed power lines, trees and possible structural damage to your property or home. No matter where you lie on the spectrum, being prepared is the best option to making the next hurricane painless as possible. The following steps will help prepare you and your family when the next hurricane, tropical storm or tropical depression arrive.
Terms to know:
Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible in the next 48 hrs.
Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected in the next 36 hrs.
Hurricane Watch: Possibility of hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) – hurricane force winds are expected for the next 48hrs.
Hurricane Warning: Expected hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) – hurricane force winds are expected for the next 36 hrs.
During a hurricane watch is the time to get prepared. Check your emergency plan; also check in with family members and friends. Inventory your food, water and other supplies to be sure they will last for at least 3 days. Protect your property and collect all important documents.
During the hurricane warning is when it’s time to put your plan into action. Evacuate if needed, follow guidelines from local officials, and follow your emergency plan. Keep your cell phone charged and any backup devices that can power other electronic devices.
Keep your family entertained during and after the storm. Help kids make hurricane tracking charts, and pretend to be a meteorologist. Indoor obstacle courses, trash can basketball, puzzles, books, crocheting or knitting, checkers, and board games can help time pass quickly.
Most importantly, stay safe, follow all alerts and notifications from apps or local weather stations, evacuate if needed, or stay in interior rooms when winds are high. Following these simple steps will help keep your family aware, safe, and calm during our next storm or hurricane.
For more information visit:
Disasters and Emergencies | Ready.gov
Extension Solutions – Hurricane prep kit – YouTube