If you live in Florida, you know the drill: hurricane season can last from the beginning of June to the end of November. Depending on how close you live to the coast and how bad a hurricane is predicted to be, you may even be forced to evacuate your home at some point.
A Florida new home builder, Holiday Builders is no stranger to hurricane season. To keep their customers safe, they’ve come up with a quick guide to help you and your family be prepared for this year’s hurricane season. Read on for their advice!
Don’t let a hurricane catch you off guard. The first step to making sure your home doesn’t suffer extensive damage is to be prepared. Along with securing shutters and loose objects, Holiday Builders recommends keeping these items on hand when the weather looks rough:
- Non-perishable food and plenty of water
- Batteries for flashlights or matches for candles
- Battery-operated radio
- First Aid Kit
- Duct tape
- Wind-up or battery-powered clock
- Rain gear
- Garbage bags
- Fire extinguisher
- Clean clothes and extra blankets
- Can opener
- Heavy gloves
- A cooler to store drinks and food
Many homeowners also choose to install a generator to keep their homes air-conditioned and all appliances running even if a storm knocks out the power.
How Do You Know It’s a Hurricane?
Hurricanes don’t usually start right off classified as one – often, they’re considered to be a tropical storm at first. It’s only when the winds increase to between 74 and 95 MPH that a storm moves into hurricane level.
Whether it is a full-blown hurricane or an extra rough tropical storm, remember to stay safe and be prepared!
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