Stay Safe and Secure During Hurricane Season
During a typical year, hurricanes will account for roughly 60 injuries, 17 deaths, and a seemingly endless path of property destruction. Fortunately, there are a number of measures you can take to help keep your family, pets, and belongings safe and secure during a hurricane. Below are five hurricane season preparation tips to help make sure that you have a plan in place if a hurricane strikes between June 1st and November 30th.
1) Prepare an Emergency Kit
"FEMA recommends stockpiling enough emergency supplies to last you, your loved ones, and your pets roughly three days. These emergency kits should be ready before the hurricane hits, so you can grab them quickly in case you need to evacuate. Also, have your gas tank topped off and be prepared to respond to any evacuation orders."
Other than heeding evacuation instructions, preparing an emergency kit is the single most important step you can take to prepare for hurricane season. Keep your emergency kit in an easily accessible location and make sure to check its contents periodically to ensure that it is well-stocked. Here are some of the key items to include in your emergency kit:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- A battery-powered or hand crank-operated radio
- At least one flashlight
- Fresh batteries
- First aid kit
- Prescription medications
- Travel documents and identification
- A change of clothing for each person
2) Develop an Evacuation Plan
A well-organized evacuation plan will help ensure that you and your family members all know what to do and where to go in the event of a hurricane. In addition to knowing your city's evacuation procedures, many weather experts also recommend that each family member keeps a laminated card with them that contains their detailed evacuation plan. Items to include are as follows:
- Designated family meeting spots where you can go to seek safety
- Alternate routes to access main roads or highways in case of flooding or fallen trees
- The names and telephone numbers of friends and family members
3) Secure Storage for Your Outdoor Valuables
If you are like most South Florida residents, you own patio furniture and other outdoor belongings. When a hurricane strikes, outdoor furnishings are often the first to sustain damage and are often unable to be located or salvaged after the hurricane passes. Whether you want to protect a beloved hand-crafted birdhouse or your new customized patio set, a trusted moving and storage company can care for your outdoor valuables during a hurricane or storm.
When choosing a storage provider, it is important to recognize that not all moving and storage companies are created equal. Finding a company that is responsive, organized, and cost-effective is essential to properly protect your valuables. Fortunately, Pack On The Go meets all of these criteria and has offered storage for South Florida residents during hurricanes for years. Here are just a few reasons why we are South Florida's most trusted solution for storage during hurricane season:
- We answer your calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Our team will come to you and personally retrieve your belongings
- Your possessions will be stored in a climate-controlled environment
- We use a detailed in-house inventory system
- Our rates are affordable
- We have locations in Broward and Palm Beach
- Pack On The Go is approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
- We are fully licensed and insured for your protection
4) Have a Plan in Place for Your Pets
"A 2011 poll sponsored by the ASPCA found that around 30 percent of dog and cat owners who live in the South (where hurricanes are more common) wouldn't know what to do with their pets during an evacuation. In 2006, Congress passed the PETS Act, which mandates that disaster preparedness plans take into account companion animals..."
If your home is not safe for people, then it will not be safe for pets either. Having a plan in place for your pets is critical to ensuring your pets' safety during a hurricane. The ASPCA offers pet owners a host of helpful tips to make sure that cats, dogs, and other household pets are protected when a hurricane strikes. Here are a few suggestions:
- Create a list of pet-friendly motels on your evacuation route
- Ask your veterinarian or your local animal shelter if they provide a safe haven during hurricanes
- Contact the ASPCA for a rescue alert sticker to affix to your door upon evacuation
- Prepare an emergency kit for your pet that includes food, water, medications, vet records, and an extra leash
5) Do Not Ignore Evacuation Warnings
Despite repeated evacuation warnings and weather alerts, there are always Florida residents who ignore those warnings or attempt to "ride out the hurricane." In fact, results of a 2017 study suggest that nearly 30% of Floridians would ignore evacuation orders given during the next hurricane. Refusal to heed evacuation warnings can endanger the lives of you, your family members, and your pets. Do not let you or a loved one become a statistic during a hurricane. Make sure you keep a battery-operated radio and fresh batteries within reach so you will not miss any weather updates or evacuation details.
The Bottom Line
Hurricanes can produce storm surges, strong winds, and flooding that can endanger the well-being of you and your family. By following the five tips above, you can help protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. To learn more about planning for a hurricane evacuation, Broward County residents can visit Broward.org or call 954-831-4000. Residents of Palm Beach County can download the official hurricane planning guide. Once you have a plan in place for you and your pets, we encourage you to contact us for help ensuring that your outdoor furnishings are safely stored during a hurricane. We have the tools and expertise to help you keep your property safe when a hurricane strikes. We look forward to becoming your trusted resource for all of your storage needs during - and after - hurricane season.