We may be approaching the end of the hurricane season for Florida (generally considered June through November), but it’s still a good idea to be prepared for those straggler storms (such as Matthew, pictured here from just last month).
And while many Floridians aren’t overly alarmed by the threat of these storms, good preparation can reduce your stress level when it comes to protecting your Naples-are home.
Here are a few tips from stateofflorida.com that can help you prepare your home—just in case. Most of these tips are pretty much common sense, but it never hurts to have a reminder.
- Cover all windows with hurricane shutters or plywood
- Tape your windows with duct tape to prevent glass from shattering (Note: this won’t keep windows from breaking, but it can keep shards of glass from being scattered throughout the house)
- Make sure trees and shrubs near the house are trimmed back
- Clear rain gutters so they can move water away from the house
- Bring outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and decorations into the house/garage to keep them from blowing around and damaging your (or your neighbor’s) house
- If winds are severe stay away from windows and doors
- Close, secure and brace internal doors
Even if your home isn’t structurally damaged during a hurricane you may face power outages during a tropical storm. Here are some ideas for preparing yourself to deal with potential power loss.
- Refrigerator/Freezer: Set your refrigerator temperature lower before a potential power outage so that food will stay cooler longer. You may want to put meat and cheese in the freezer. Avoid opening the freezer if you can to keep it as cold as possible. Pack a cooler with ice, snacks and drinks so that you don’t have to open your refrigerator unnecessarily.
- Keeping Cool: Keep windows covered to prevent sunlight from heating your home. Use battery-powered fans sparingly as they can actually generate heat (even though they give the impression of cooling things off)
- Phones: Have your cell phones fully charged (in case your land line goes out). Limit your conversations so that you’ll still have service in case of emergency
- Water: Although it’s rare for water service to be interrupted, it’s a good idea to fill your bathtub just in case you need water for washing or flushing
Most Floridians are used to dealing with occasional severe weather, but it’s good to have a reminder so that you don’t get caught off guard.