Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year. Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. But as many transplants to the Tampa area have mentioned, at least these natural disasters are ones that come with a bit of warning, so you are able to prepare or evacuate. I agree: tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and many other natural disasters often just strike without warning. A complete hurricane preparedness list is imperative during the entire hurricane season.

Before the season starts, or as soon as you can, make sure you stock up on emergency supplies, such as:

Make sure your hurricane preparedness list includes as much of the following as possible:

Hurricane preparedness also includes knowing if you need to evacuate, or if you are okay staying in your home.

Always listen to authorities regarding whether you should evacuate or stay at home.

If a hurricane is coming, you may hear an order from authorities to evacuate (leave your home). Never ignore an order to evacuate. Even sturdy, well-built houses may not hold up against a hurricane. Staying home to protect your property is not worth risking your health and safety.

You may hear an order to stay at home. If driving conditions are dangerous, staying at home might be safer than leaving.

& If you’re around the Tampa Bay area for any length of time, you’ll hear or see much talk about RULE #7. This is coined by local meteorologist Denis Phillips during all of hurricane season. Rule #7: “Stop freaking out …, until I tell you to. We’re fine.”  He is chief meteorologist for ABC action news, and you can also follow his Facebook page to get lots of laughs and straight to the point information on the local weather.

I hope this helps you be prepared for any severe weather that may come our way. For tons of great information on the local area, check out the rest of my site here.