Here are a few tips for preparing for the Atlantic hurricane season, which is June 1st to November 30th.
Know the Terms
Learn the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricanes can range from a Category 1, which produces the least damage, to a Category 5, which causes the most devastating damage. Your preparation of your property and person will depend on the severity of the storm and its projected path.
Assess Your Risk
- Determine if you live in an evacuation zone.
- Identify whom in your household may need extra care, such an elder or a person with specialized medical needs.
- Consider if you may need to register for a special needs shelter.
- First aid kit and essential medications for the people and pets in your household.
- Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and masks or facial coverings.
- Canned food and can opener.
- At least three gallons of water per person.
- Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
- Special items for infants, elderly or family members with disabilities.
- Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
For more information about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit Broward County Emergency Management.