Tropical Storm Colin has come and passed, but did you feel informed and ready as the storm was approaching? Keeping yourself and your family updated and in the know is a key step to safely weathering a tropical storm.
First and foremost, make sure you and your family have a disaster plan before the next storm threatens. Determine where you will shelter in your home and where you will meet if you cannot return home. Developing a disaster supply kit with enough water, non-perishable food, and other supplies for all of your loved ones is another vital step. For more information on family disaster plans and supply kits, reference UF/IFAS Solutions for Your Life.
As the storm approaches, you will want to make sure you have all of the vital information you need. A critical decision you may be faced with is whether to shelter in place or evacuate before the storm comes. How can you decide? Start by knowing your zone and where the closest shelters are be sure to consider your pets when deciding on an appropriate plan and consider preregistering for a pet friendly shelter.
For more information on all of the ways you can keep yourself updated on approaching storms, use this factsheet to help guide you in deciding which channels are the most appropriate for you and your family.