Hello, Friends on the Emerald Coast of Florida! It’s that time of year again. For what? Well, maybe… a hurricane? I hope not, but hurricane season officially began June 1 and ends November 30. The last major hurricane in Northwest Florida was ten years ago. How long do you think we will remain lucky? NOAA predicts 4 – 8 hurricanes this year and 10-16 named storms. I thought this would be a great time to post a reminder and hurricane tips to keep top-of-mind awareness. If you have any tips to add, comment below and I will update the list.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS:
PETS: Cats, dogs, snakes, parakeets? Make sure you have carriers for them if you have to evacuate. We actually have a van and use a small cage for our cats with room for the litter. Consider getting a blanket to cover your pets in their carriers to lessen any distress. Procure any extra medication or tranquilizers for car trips in advance of the rush to your veterinarian. Map out a hotel that accepts pets if you need to go. Here is a link to pet friendly hotels.
INSURANCE: Take photos of all your belongings and download to a CD or thumb drive. Open all your drawers and closets and photograph the contents. You may need these for insurance claims if your property is damaged.
IMPORTANT PAPERS: Gather up your wills, powers of attorney or any legal document that may not be readily accessible online. Have them ready in a pouch to grab when you evacuate. To help you organize, here is a guide from the State of Florida on Hurricane Emergency Financial Preparedness.
ICE: If you have an automatic ice maker in your freezer, empty it and/or turn it off. If not, you may find melted ice on your floor if you lose power for more than a day. We found that out when we returned from one of our Destin Florida hurricane evacuations!
PERISHABLES: Limit perishables in your refrigerator or freezer. You will have to discard spoiled food if you lose power for a few days, so why add to the mess?
PROJECTILES: Bring in your lawn chairs, tables, wind chimes, real estate signs, etc. Prevent them from becoming air borne projectiles into your or a neighbor’s property.
HOTEL: Make hotel reservations now if you are in a threat zone. Hotels may be booked for hundreds of miles around you. Don’t book where the hurricane is tracking after landfall. For example, if the hurricane is on a track to Atlanta, don’t plan an evacuation stay there.
GAS: Fill your car up with gas now.
MEDICATIONS: Get your refills now. If it’s too early for a refill, many pharmacies will make an exception. Bring a copy of your prescription with you.
COMPUTERS: Back up your systems to a hard drive and bring them with you. Check out Acronis or similar software to make a mirror image copy of your computer.
If you have not gone through a hurricane before, please take it seriously. If you have survived a hurricane, add your hints here. Take care, my friends.
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: [email protected]
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.