Hurricane season is here and preparing for the 2022 hurricane season is more challenging than ever due to a prediction of an above-normal season, supply chain issues, and raising supply and fuel costs. To combat these challenges, it is important to start purchasing supplies now, make your evacuation plan early, and participate in programs such as Florida’s Tax-Free event (ends June 10th).
Due to higher fuel prices, more people are expected to shelter locally rather than travel long distances. This is important to note and prepare for, as shelters may fill up faster than in previous years. One way to prepare for this is to find a friend/family member you can shelter with. It is also important to know if you are in a flood zone and what evacuation zone you reside in.
Before you begin to plan, it is important to prepare for and make plans that tailor your family’s needs and responsibilities. Each family is unique and therefore your hurricane plan should be as well. To help you and your family get started, below are some important items to consider.
BEFORE THE STORM
Have a plan
- Get preparation tips for your entire family by visiting the American Red Cross
- Know what your evacuation route and shelter plan is. Follow this link to find out which shelters have been activated in your area.
- How will you and your family communicate before, during, and after the storm?
- Inform family and friends of the plan, especially if sheltering in a different location than usual.
Build a Kit and Prepare Your Home
- One should have a “Go-Kit” and a “Stay-at-Home Kit”.
- Ensure your storm supply kit is stocked – instructions on how to build a kit can be found on Florida Disaster.org
- Keep personal, financial, and medical records safe and in waterproof containers or safes.
- Refill needed prescriptions.
- Fuel vehicle(s) and generators. Also, have a fuel supply on hand for extended power outages.
- Take pictures of your belongings for insurance purposes.
- Remove or secure outside items.
- Sign up for free emergency alerts. For Volusia County residents, you can enroll in CodeRED.
- Have a battery-powered or hand crank radio.
- Have a way to charge your cell phone(s) during power outages.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay indoors and do not travel during the storm. This is not the time to go site seeing!
- If winds become strong, stay away from windows and take shelter in an interior room, closet, or hallway.
- Do NOT use candles as they can increase the risk of fire.
- Be smart and understand that emergency services may not be able to respond during the storm.
AFTER THE STORM
- Document any damage with pictures and take reasonable actions to protect and secure your property from further damage.
- Check on your friends, family, and neighbors.
- Avoid downed power lines and flooded areas.
- Expect and be patient with delays and inconveniences.
- Be careful and aware of scams and rumors.
- UF/IFAS Extension can assist you and your family after a natural disaster.
- FEMA “After Disaster Strikes” Infographic
These steps are just the beginning to help devise a plan to keep you and your family safe. For more information please visit the NOAA National Hurricane Preparedness website.