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Hurricane season is upon us. While no one wants to experience a hurricane, the experts at Lanier Upshaw encourage everyone to prepare their home in case a storm does hit Florida. Here are 10 hurricane home tips for being prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

  1. A basic storm kit

Every family needs to put together a basic storm kit that will get you through the first 48 hours without electricity. Your basic storm kit should include:

  • Whistles to summon help
  • Blankets
  • Garbage bags
  • Batteries
  • 3 days worth of clean water
  • 2 days worth of food.

Click here for a more complete list for a hurricane emergency preparedness kit.

  1. Fill gas containers

You will need gasoline after a hurricane hits. If there is an extended electrical outage, you will need about 5 gallons of gasoline for 8 hours of running a 5,500 watt generator.

  1. Bring yard belongings inside

Bring in your outdoor furniture, toys and garden implements. If you have objects outdoors that can’t be brought inside, anchor them down.

  1. Practice your evacuation plan

Choose a location for your family to meet in the event that you get separated. Choose an out-of-town person to be the contact person and keep a list of emergency contacts in a safe place that is easy to get to.

  1. Know the location of your shut-off valves

In the event of a hurricane, you may instructed by local officials to turn off your water, gas and electricity valves. Be sure you know ahead of time where they are located.

  1. Prepare your windows, doors and garage doors

You will need to cover your windows, doors and garage doors to prevent damage from hurling objects. Brace your doors and secure your garage door. Learn how to prepare your windows here.

  1. Turn your refrigerator and freezer down to the coldest setting

If your power does go out, you want to keep your food as cold as possible for as long as possible.

  1. Unplug electrical appliances

Unplugging any device or appliance that runs on electricity will prevent damage from a power surge once power is restored.

  1. Gather insurance documents

Home insurance documents and other official documents should be included in your emergency preparedness kit so that you have what you need to submit claims in the event of property damage.

  1. Plan for the care of your pets

Not all emergency shelters will accept pets, so plan ahead for where you will take your pets in the event it is needed. Find shelters that will accept pets and contact them ahead of time. Keep a picture of your pets with you in chase you get separated. There are 3 pet-friendly shelters in Polk County, including:

  • Philip O’Brien Elementary School, 1225 East Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33801
  • Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake, FL 33839
  • Alta Vista Elementary School, 801 Scenic Highway, Haines City, FL 33844

Lanier Upshaw provides important information on emergency preparedness to help you protect yourself, your loved ones and your property. If you would like more information on how Lanier Upshaw can help you be prepared for a hurricane or other disaster, contact us here.