What To Do Once A Hurricane Warning Has Been Issued
Hurricane season is in full force—do you know what to do once a storm is actually heading your way? In the event that a hurricane hits this season, it’s imperative that you’re fully ready for what comes along with a hurricane. Taking precautionary steps and knowing how to prepare your family and your home will make all the difference.
So, what steps should you take once a hurricane is headed toward Florida? First of all, don’t panic! When a storm warning is in effect for your area, doing all that you can to secure your home and personal belongings should be the first thing you do—make this your top priority!
Because you might only have a day or two to prepare once a watch is actually issued, you need to use your time wisely. In doing so, you’ll ensure you’ve covered any potential issues that can arise during the storm. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself later!
Once you’re certain a storm is headed your way:
- Grab or immediately begin preparing your hurricane preparedness kit.
- Stow away anything that could potentially fly away during a storm, including patio furniture and accessories, trash and recycling bins, etc.
- Board or shutter all windows—never tape! Taping does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Check the stability of your garage doors and properly reinforce and seal, if necessary.
- Secure loose drain gutters, spouts, etc. and ensure they’re clear.
- Trim all trees and shrubbery and secure any potted plants.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Install straps or additional clips to your roof—this could secure your home’s frame structure.
- Check your roof for loose shingles and remove any that may fly away during the storm.
- Determine how and where you’ll secure your vehicle.