“Extremely Active” 2020 Hurricane Season Forecast – What You Should Do NOW!
On August 5, 2020 Colorado State University (CSU) released its revised long-term Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast, raising the number of storms and hurricanes it expects for the 2020 season. The season was upgraded to “Extremely Active”.
What this means:
The increased activity means that South Floridians must be prepared now! There have already been nine named storms, and we are now entering what is traditionally the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season, which peaks on September 10th. Delaying preparations until a storm is expected to hit our area can result in unnecessary stress, lack of preparedness, and higher risk of damage or loss.
- Hold a Family Meeting
Discuss the threats associated with hurricanes. Encourage children to talk about their fears and discuss the steps your family will take to keep everyone safe. Create a list of tasks to be handled before the hurricane season and encourage everyone to add to the list.
- Determine Whether You Will Need to Evacuate
Confirm whether you live in an evacuation zone and, if so, where you will go if an evacuation order is given. Consider current COVID restrictions. Going to a family or friend’s house or hotel outside of the evacuation area is a good choice. If you go out of town, leave plenty of time as traffic may be very slow and gas may be limited. Shelters provide for basic needs and are usually the choice of last resort.
Create a home inventory with video or photos of home and valuables. Review insurance policies before the hurricane season to make sure there is adequate coverage. Once a hurricane watch has been issued, insurers will not issue new or additional coverage.
- Check Your Property for Vulnerable Areas
Walk your home and property before the hurricane season and address issues that could be problematic, such as roof, windows, garage door, landscaping, etc.
- Plan to Protect Your Vehicles
Decide where you will park your vehicle, boat, or RV. Check your vehicle insurance policies and keep in a safe place with your homeowner’s policy.
- Secure Your Home
Determine what actions you need to take before the hurricane season to protect your home and property and keep as comfortable as possible during a hurricane. Reinforce windows and doors, cut back landscaping, purchase or test generator, etc.
- Develop A Plan for Anyone with Special Needs
If someone in your home has special needs, prepare in advance to accommodate them.
- Plan for Your Pets
Do you have dogs, cats, birds, or horses? Determine how you will address your pets’ needs and include this in your plan, especially if you must evacuate.
- Gather Your Supplies
Determine your family’s food, water, and medical needs and build your disaster supply kit according to those needs. Let children participate and do not forget about your pets!
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