How To Create A Severe Weather Safety Plan For Your Family

by Michelle Spinneweber 02/04/2019

Many Floridians scoff at being cautious and fully prepping for upcoming storms. Afterall, Hurricane season takes up half the year from June to November. Don’t get caught off guard this season. Set aside a Sunday or two to sit down and plan out a storm action plan with your family. For so little time, it can be well worth the effort.  

Know where your evacuation routes are and review them seasonally (hurricane seasonally that is).

Know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means there is a possibility of a hurricane occurring in the next 36 hours. A hurricane warning means there is potential for a hurricane of up to 74 mph winds in the next 24 hours. Create a plan for each timeframe to prep for the oncoming storm.

You should also create a plan if, for whatever reason, you become separated from family. This can be a nerve-wracking experience and having a plan in place can help to soothe your worries.

Have a disaster kit ready to go in your home and each of your family’s vehicles.

  • A fully stocked first aid kit
  • Non-perishable food like snack bars, canned food, and dry goods (don’t forget the can opener!)
  • One gallon of water per person per day for a 3-day timeframe
  • Battery operated radio and solar or crank charger for phones
  • A flashlight and/or lanterns with spare batteries on hand
  • Warm and waterproof clothing
  • Instructions to turn off electricity, water, and gas that kids can clearly follow
  • Medication and sanitizing toilettes
  • Roadmaps, NOAA radio, flares and a whistle
  • Garbage bags, face masks, duct tape and plastic sheeting
  • If you have a baby have formula and diapers for at least a 3-day timeframe
  • A full tank of gas in the car
  • Cash on hand

You will also want to keep a list of numbers for:

  • Local emergency managers
  • Friends and family (in case your cell phone dies)
  • Local law enforcement and public safety
  • Nearby hospitals
  • Red Cross
  • Local news channels
  • Your property insurance agent
  • Local government

Board up windows and bring in any outdoor objects that could blow away. This not only prevents them from getting lost but also from seriously harming another person or damaging property.

Stay indoors to keep safe. Evacuate mobile homes to a more sturdy structure. If your home is on a low ground level evacuate to higher ground. And no matter your altitude if told to evacuate do so asap.

After the storm has passed be wary of flooding that can happen afterward. Do not attempt to drive through flood waters, you don’t know what’s underneath and can seriously jeopardize your safety as well as damage your car. You also want to avoid standing water in case of downed power lines creating an electrical charge.

Planning for a hurricane might feel overwhelming as you plan for so many possibilities for danger. However, with a well-thought-out plan in place, your family will be prepared and ready to safely wait out any storm that comes your way.

About the Author

Michelle Spinneweber

Hi, I'm Michelle Spinneweber and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.