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  • Writer's pictureTravis Leicht

Gulf Coast Hurricane Prep Guide

Hurricanes can be powerful and unpredictable, especially in Central Florida. It's crucial to be well-prepared, particularly if you have a wooded property. Here's a simple hurricane prep guide to help keep you, your family, and your property safe:

1. Create a Hurricane Plan:

  • Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes and shelters.

  • Develop a family communication plan and ensure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

2. Trim Trees and Remove Dead Limbs:

  • Prune overhanging branches and remove dead limbs to minimize the risk of falling trees or branches during high winds.

  • Consider consulting with a professional arborist for larger tree maintenance.

3. Secure Loose Items:

  • Store or secure outdoor furniture, toys, and other loose items that could become projectiles in strong winds.

  • Remove or secure objects that might block drainage systems.

4. Check Drainage and Gutters:

  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage to your home.

  • Ensure proper drainage on your property to prevent flooding.

5. Stock Up on Supplies:

  • Create a hurricane supply kit that includes non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and essential medications.

  • Don't forget important documents, such as insurance policies, in a waterproof container.

6. Generator and Fuel:

  • If you have a generator, ensure it's in working order and that you have an adequate supply of fuel.

  • Only operate generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

7. Secure Windows and Doors:

  • Install hurricane shutters or plywood to protect windows and glass doors from flying debris.

  • Ensure doors are secure and reinforce garage doors to prevent wind damage.

8. Stay Informed:

  • Keep a battery-powered weather radio on hand to receive updates and warnings.

  • Monitor local news and follow instructions from emergency officials.

9. Evacuation Plans for Livestock:

  • If you have livestock, have a plan for their evacuation or shelter.

  • Ensure you have enough feed and water for them during and after the storm.

10. Plan for After the Storm: - After the hurricane passes, assess your property for damage and hazards. - Be cautious of downed power lines and report them to the authorities. - Check on neighbors, especially those who may need assistance.

Remember that preparedness is key to staying safe during a hurricane. By following this simple guide and staying informed, you can protect your family and property during the storm and ensure a smoother recovery afterward. Stay Safe!

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