Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

Are you ready for Hurricane Season?

Perhaps the thought of a Hurricane is daunting. I remember how we felt when we first moved to Naples. People would ask us if we were scared of “all of the hurricanes”? However, the nice thing to remember is that with the summer storms and the advantage of all the technology we hold in our hands, we have a lot of time to prepare when a storm is heading in our direction. So, how do you prepare? I was here for Irma and learned a few things that may or may not be so obvious.
  • I want to encourage you to use the resources like the Storm Guide distributed by WINK News and placed in all the Publix stores. Here is a link to the guide if you cannot get one in-store. 
  • Other useful resources would be the WINK News Weather app (good for all-year-round data) and the official Hurricane free app from your chosen app store.
  • Keep your gas tank as full as possible. The lines after the storm can be very long, like hours long.
  • Rule of thumb, a gallon of water per person in your household for a 3-day supply. Take some now and freeze them in your freezer to use as ice packs for your ice chest or to help keep your fridge/freezer stay relatively cold. (Remember to keep a little extra on hand to wash hands when hand sanitizer is not enough.)
  • I bought a trash can to pull water from my pool to flush toilets when necessary.
  • You should have all your Hurricane supplies in one area for easy access.
  • You will need lamps that run on battery or the good old-fashioned hurricane oil to use when the power is out and your home is pitch black.
  • If you use propane for a generator or BBQ, maybe grab an extra.
  • Hurricanes and Tropical storms are when you think comfort food. Easy things to snack on, grill what thaws when you have no power and much on meals that can be made like you are tailgating or camping.
  • Another good tip in case you have concerns about potential insurance claims post-storm, take an inventory on your phone by video of the interior and exterior of your home including the contents of your home.
  • Power outages could vary and you should operate as if you are still in storm mode once restored. For example, it is not the time to do 10 loads of wash as that could put unnecessary pressure on the public sewer system.

In most cases, wind, rain, debris from landscaping, etc. will be the primary issue to be addressed once the storm has passed. I did not realize how the roads would be covered in debris or unpassable due to water height or downed trees.

Maybe this list will help.
  • Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Copies of Personal Documents
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Insect repellent and sunscreens
  • Rain Gear

If you would like to sign up for emergency ONLY text messages, text COLLIERFL to 888777. Please note that this does NOT sign you up for our automated weather alert services. They will ask for your zip code for the most up-to-date data based on your area.

Stay safe and give me a call if I can be of assistance.
 
- Lori

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