How to prepare for a hurricane in Orlando, FL

September 27th, 2016 by

Hurricane Preparation

We’re in the middle of hurricane season here in Orlando, and our team at Auto Source Orlando wants you to stay as safe as possible until hurricane season officially ends on November 30. With Tropical Storm Matthew likely to hit the Caribbean this week, we wanted to give you some tips on how to prepare your home and yourself in case a hurricane does hit.

Make a basic disaster supply kit

Good items to include in your disaster kit include batteries, a flashlight, food and water, cash, first aid supplies, a phone charger, a battery-powered radio and a whistle to signal for help. You’ll also want to make sure to keep your disaster kit somewhere that is easily accessible.

Make an emergency communication plan

One of the most important parts of hurricane preparation is to make sure you have an emergency plan in case disaster strikes. Your whole family may not be together when a hurricane hits, so it’s vital that you have a communication plan. Plan how you’re going to communicate with family members if you get separated or lose power. For more information about emergency plans or for emergency plan templates, click here.

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Prepare your home

Hurricane winds often cause trees and branches to fall, so make sure to trim long branches and remove damaged trees to prevent them from falling on your house. You’ll also want to make sure your rain gutters are secure and downspouts are clear of any debris or clogs. You may want to consider buying a portable generator that you can use during power outages.

Know evacuation routes

It’s really important to know where to go if you are ordered to evacuate. Make sure you have an evacuation plan, including routes to take, meeting points if you get separated from your family, and places you can stay.

Do you have another tip that’s been really useful in helping you prepare for a hurricane? Let us know in the comments so we can share it with our readers!