Hurricane Prep in Northeast Florida
How to Prepare for a Hurricane in Northeast Florida
If you are a native Floridian, you’re undoubtedly familiar with hurricane prep. While locals know it is quite rare for a hurricane to make landfall in Northeast Florida, it is still important to always have a plan. If you’re new to the area or have never experienced a hurricane, don’t fear. We have put together a helpful guide on how to stay safe and prepared in the event of a storm.
The first step to preparing for a hurricane is to keep an eye on it. Follow local news channels for updated information on where the storm is, how fast it’s moving and whether or not you’re in its path. Continue monitoring the storm for up-to-date information on your area as the storm approaches, so you can be prepared if it arrives. You can monitor weather forecasts here.
Know Your Zones
When it comes to hurricanes, flooding is always a risk. Be aware of where you land on the flood zone chart and know how to prepare for flooding. If it comes time for a mandatory evacuation, know where you are on the evacuation zone and have an evacuation route planned.
You can access a list of evacuation maps, storm surge maps, and flood hazard maps for your county here.
Prepare Your Home
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you can prepare by gathering sandbags to help deter water from entering your home. If you live on the first floor, raise belongings off the ground that may be damaged if flooding does occur. Board windows with plywood or tape to keep them from breaking. Bring outdoor items and furniture inside before high winds arrive.
You can view a list of where to find sandbags here.
Whether you plan on evacuating or staying home to ride out the storm, make sure you stock up on emergency supplies regardless. National Weather Service suggests gathering at least 3-days’ worth of water and food. Additionally, make sure to have 7-days’ worth of medication and a first aid kit. Fill your car’s gas tank so you can evacuate at a moment’s notice. Keep back up batteries, flashlights and generators easily accessible in case you lose power once the storm arrives.
Be Ready to Evacuate
If you’re in a mandatory evacuation zone and you must leave your home during the storm, be prepared by having identification information for both you and those you’re traveling with. Before the storm arrives, pack up important documents and valuable belongings that cannot be replaced.
Download the FEMA App for a list of shelter’s in your area here.
Protect Your Pets
If you have a pet, make sure to include them in your hurricane preparedness! Have extra water and food available for them, always keep their identification tags on them, and if you must evacuate, bring them with you!
You can access a full list of tips on how to keep your pets safe during a storm here.
After the Storm
Storms can be stressful! It’s important to decompress and assess once it has passed.
For instance, all the hurricane prep and crazy weather probably had an effect on your fur baby. Once the weather is clear, take your pet out for a day of fun at these pet-friendly places around town.
If we are not hit by the worst of the storm, we will still be stuck with plenty of rainy weather. You might find yourself looking for things to do until the sun comes back out. Check out our recommendations on things to do when the weather is rainy, cold, windy or all of the above here.
Tired of hurricane snacks?
Once the sunshine has returned, let us treat you to a fresh and healthy meal at Timoti’s.