Living in Central Florida means enjoying beautiful weather year-round, but it also comes with the reality of hurricane season. As a responsible homeowner, it's crucial to be prepared for the potential impact of these powerful storms. At RoMac Building Supply, we understand the importance of hurricane preparedness. In this blog post, we will provide valuable information and practical tips to help you safeguard your home and loved ones during the hurricane season. But first, let's take a brief look at the 2023 hurricane season predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
2023 Hurricane Season Predictions from NOAA:
According to the NOAA, the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season, and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. NOAA is forecasting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes ( winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA has a 70% confidence in these ranges.
• Create an Emergency Plan: Developing a comprehensive emergency plan is the first step towards hurricane preparedness. This plan should include evacuation routes, designated meeting points, and important contact information for local authorities, emergency services, and family members. Ensure that all family members are familiar with the plan and practice it regularly.
• Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit:
Having a well-stocked disaster supply kit is essential. It should include non-perishable food items, drinking water, a first aid kit, prescription medications, flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra cash, important documents (insurance policies, identification papers), and personal hygiene items. Keep your kit in a designated area that is easily accessible to all family members.
• Secure Your Property:
Inspect your home for vulnerable areas and reinforce them in advance. Trim trees and remove dead branches that could potentially become hazards during strong winds. Consider installing hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows and reinforcing garage doors. Clear gutters and downspouts of any debris to prevent water backup. Secure outdoor furniture, grills, and other loose items that could become projectiles.
• Review Insurance Coverage:
Contact your insurance provider to review your homeowners or renter's insurance coverage. Ensure that your policy adequately protects your home and possessions in the event of a hurricane. Understand your deductibles, coverage limits, and any additional endorsements required for hurricane-related damage.
• Stay Informed:
Stay tuned to local news and weather updates before, during, and after a hurricane. Follow official sources such as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and local authorities for the most accurate information. Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications on your mobile devices to receive timely updates. Remember, knowledge is power during a hurricane.
Central Florida's hurricane season requires proactive preparedness to minimize potential damage and ensure the safety of your loved ones. At RoMac Building Supply, we encourage you to take these hurricane preparedness measures seriously. By creating an emergency plan, assembling a disaster supply kit, securing your property, reviewing insurance coverage, and staying informed, you'll be better equipped to face any hurricane that comes your way. Stay safe, be prepared, and let RoMac Building Supply be your trusted partner in hurricane preparedness.