With each year that passes, hurricane forecasting tools and methods are improving. However, people are still at great risk from hurricanes due to the variable nature of tropical storms. It is important that you have helpful information to help you, your family and your community prepare for a major storm event.
Here is a list of helpful tips you can use to prepare before hurricane season, at the time a watch or warning is issued, before, during and after a tropical storm, or when a hurricane strikes in your area.
- Pre-season preparation
- Be prepared ahead of time, before the hurricane season begins.
- Know the evacuation routes for your neighborhood.
- Make sure your home meets minimum building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and you have the right siding, doors and storm shutters.
- Have needed tools, supplies and an emergency preparedness kit
- Stock up on batteries and flashlights.
- Ensure you have plenty of drinkable water and non-perishable foods on hand.
- Make a home inventory, including photographs, of your valuable possessions.
- Store important documents and home inventory in a safe place.
- When a watch or warning is issued
- Stay away from low-lying areas.
- Batten down your windows with plywood boards or storm shutters.
- Secure objects in your yard and garden.
- Ensure you have plenty of fuel and usable water.
- Make sure you have enough drinkable water, food and medications for each member of your family.
- Evacuate immediately if called to do so.
- Fill sandbags to prevent water from running underneath and into your house.
- Before a storm
- Make sure you have a plan in place and are ready to put your plan into action.
- Listen to local weather reports on the television, radio or internet.
- Board up your house or have storm shutters ready to go.
- Have plenty of drinkable water and food.
- Make sure your emergency preparedness kit is ready and available for use.
- Be prepared to stay in a secure room.
- During a storm
- Stay in a secure room.
- Refrain from looking out the windows.
- Do not use your phone or candles.
- Monitor weather conditions on a regular or NOAA radio.
- Gather your supplies for easy access.
- Remain indoors even when the eye of the storm passes over because the storm will resume shortly.
- After a storm
- Make sure the storm has safely passed before going out.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the local authorities. To report a downed power line in Lakeland, FL contact the Lakeland Police Department’s Emergency Communication Center Non-Emergency Line at 863-834-6900.
- Avoid disaster areas.
- Use stored food and water and replace with fresh supplies.
Sandbag Locations and Info
Here’s where to find out about local sandbag filling sites. Be sure to bring your own shovel.
Contact your Lanier Upshaw representative at 863-686-2113 to make sure you understand your insurance coverage before an emergency event. If you do not have flood insurance, apply for it as soon as possible; the standard waiting period is 30 days. Contact us here if you have any questions.