Written by admin on September 29, 2022 at 12:00 AM.
The time of heavy rain, hurricane force wind, and empty grocery store racks is back: hurricane season. If you’ve never experienced a Florida hurricane season before, it’s important to be aware of what you’ll need in order to be ready. If you’re asking yourself, ‘when is Florida hurricane season?’ For us that are concerned with the Atlantic hurricane season, it officially begins June 1 and ends November 30.
The National Hurricane Center adapted a newer version of Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale in 2010, known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, in which only the peak winds are now used to categorize a hurricane.(Via FSU.edu)
National Hurricane Center‘s seasonal outlook is predicting an above-average season with a likelihood of 14-20 named tropical storms (sustained winds of 39 mph or greater) in total and 6-10 hurricanes (hurricane-force winds of 74 mph or greater), which includes 3-5 major hurricanes (peak winds of 111 miles per hour or greater) this Atlantic hurricane season.
We At Stellar Adjusting know it only takes one major tropical storm or hurricane to leave behind extensive damage to your home or business. We want everyone to be as safe as they can while we watch for storms. So, even if this isn’t your first hurricane season in Florida, it’s never too late to learn some new tips to keep you secure and prepared.
Hurricanes in Florida usually mean lots of heavy rain and wind. As we saw with Hurricane Irma , that severe weather, heavy wind and rain left most residents without power for days and for some, with flood damage in their homes. Having a plan in place early can greatly eliminate much of the panic that sets in during a massive tropical storm or hurricane.
The National Weather Service is your friend. You’ll want to know ahead of time if your city is in the cone of uncertainty because that means you could be in line for a direct hit from a hurricane, tropical storm, or even a tropical depression.
Stay up-to-date on storm strength, will it be a tropical depression, a tropical storm, or a major hurricane when it makes landfall? You’ll always want to be aware of hurricane intensity when formulating an action plan as they are all very different beasts.
During tropical depressions, you will deal with less wind and heavy rains. Tropical storm conditions bring strong winds and heavier rain, where as a hurricane is the worst case scenario with hurricane-force winds above 75 miles per hour and very heavy rain. In the event of a major hurricane, you’ll be up against extreme weather, and will want to listen closely for instructions from the government and experts.
Once you’ve been put under a tropical storm watch or tropical storm warning, you’ll want to spring into action to be on the safe side should it be upgraded to a hurricane warning before it hits Florida.
You should be well-prepared before the outer bands of the storm even get here. Have a very extensive stockpile ready that not only includes the basics like non perishable food, water, and a first aid kit, but real disaster supplies.
Your kit should include a battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a whistle, dust masks, tape, moist towelettes, garbage bags, a wrench, a manual can opener, local maps, a backup battery for your phone, prescription and over the counter medication, supplies for babies and pets, and property documents like insurance policies kept in a dry place. Remember to have enough food and supplies to last your whole family at least a week.
During an evacuation, not knowing the location of your nearest safety shelter can be life changing. Check FloridaDisaster.org‘s information for shelters in your area, and memorize your evacuation route.
The United States Department of Homeland Security prepared a great checklist for making a communication plan that works for your family, in case you’re separated. Things like “what is our plan for getting to the shelter?” may not seem relevant now, but in the moment, you’ll wish you had the answer.
It may also seem unnecessary to practice this plan with your family, but that could be what saves your family when a hurricane strikes. When making your plan, take into account specific needs for each member, pets, etc so that evacuation is as seamless as it possibly can be.
Contact Us If your property has been damaged by a major storm. Have a public adjuster on speed dial If your home or business receives extensive damage from a major hurricane or tropical storm, filing an insurance claim is your next step. However, it’ll be wise to have a public adjuster who will work solely and exclusively for you. Public adjusters are trained to get you the payout you deserve.
In case of a major hurricane, have 305-396-9110 stored in your phone ( Stellar has 24/7 access to claim information Some public adjusters like Stellar Adjusting also have an extensive network of professionals from lawyers, contractors, real estate professionals, and loss consultants who all work together to provide the best possible service and get you the maximum payout you’re entitled to.
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