September is the most active month for hurricanes in Florida State, according to the Hurricane Research Division (HRD). Historically, the majority of Category 3 or higher hurricanes hit landfall in September. That has been the case since the 1950s. In other words, Florida residents who haven’t taken precautions yet need to do it now.
Take these essential steps to make sure you are prepared.
Put Together A Hurricane Kit
What is a hurricane kit? According to StateofFlorida.com, a hurricane kit is a store of critical supplies. These supplies come in handy for those who are evacuating or for those stuck in place — residents who may be unable to evacuate or residents who have lost power.
To put together a hurricane kit, gather three days worth of non-perishable food items, a three-day supply of water, a manual can opener, a first aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, ice packs, cash, important documents, and an evacuation plan.
Secure Your Home With Hurricane Doors And Windows
When it comes to hurricane protection sliding glass doors — and windows — may be among your top concerns and rightfully so. Large, open windows and sliding glass doors are especially susceptible to damage.
Protect your home, windows, and sliding glass doors during hurricanes by purchasing reinforced windows and doors. Hurricane resistant windows and hurricane protection sliding glass doors contain additional materials, like laminated glass and/or resin, to prevent shattering. Hurricane protection sliding glass doors and windows may be made out of shatter-resistant film or inner-membrane technology. Ask a glass manufacturer or glass provider for more details.
Protect The Exterior Of Your Home
There are steps you should take in addition to protecting glass doors and windows. For the most hurricane protection, trim trees and shrubs. Plus, it is wise to encourage residents to “bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down,” StateofFlorida.com continues.
Be Ready For Power Outages
There are several ways you can prepare for power outages. First, “Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMs in your area are accessible or working,” StateofFlorida.com recommends. Charge your cellphone and make sure you have plenty of gas in your gas tank.
Are you weighing the costs of hurricane proof doors and hurricane proof windows? What about hurricane checklists? Don’t be caught off guard. Follow the steps above to protect your home from a late-season hurricane.