Until its lucky streak ended in 2016, Florida has been
hurricane-free for a decade. Historically, we have more
hurricane landfalls than any other state. Texas is second;
Louisiana third. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from
June 1st through November 30th. Be prepared.
To prepare for a hurricane, you
should take the following measures:
• Make plans to secure your property.
Permanent storm shutters offer
the best protection for windows. A
second option is to board up
windows with 5/8” marine plywood,
cut to fit and ready to install. Tape
does not prevent windows from
• Install straps or additional clips
to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
• Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
• Determine how and where to secure your boat.
• Consider building a safe room.
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
• Listen to the radio or TV for
• Secure your home, close storm
shutters, and secure outdoor objects
or bring them indoors.
• Turn off utilities if instructed to do
so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator
thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
• Turn off propane tanks.
• Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
• Moor your boat if time permits.
• Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
You should evacuate under the
• If you are directed by local
authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
• If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters
are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
• If you live in a high-rise building— hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
• If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
• If you feel you are in danger.
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
• Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
• Close all interior doors—secure and brace exterior doors.
• Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm—winds will pick up again.
• Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
• Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.