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Hurricane Preparedness Week: 2 topics a day

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and your NBC2 First Alert Meteorologists want you to be prepared.

Every day we will feature two topics that will help you get ready for the upcoming hurricane season.


1. Write things down

Grab a pen and paper and write down your important contacts. That includes names and numbers of family members, doctors, and veterinarians.

You can use this physical contact list as a backup to your cell phone and computer.

It’s a good idea to make paper copies of the contact list and other important documents like medical records, birth certificates and passports.

Put these papers in a safe location so you know where they are and aren’t searching at the last minute when you need to be evacuating.

2. Evacuation plan

If this is not your first Florida hurricane season, you need to start working on this now.

Those who were here for Irma or Charley should understand how important evacuation plans are. Double check to make sure it is updated.

Familiarize yourself with your evacuation route and watch NBC2 to know when it is time to go. There could be voluntary and mandatory evacuations this hurricane season.

To know which evacuation zone your home is located in, use this resource.

If a mandatory evacuation is ordered, that means it is safest for you to leave your home.

If you leave too late, roads could be closed or you could get stuck in traffic. Those who leave early will have an easier time finding hotels and gas.

3. Help your neighbor

You want to make sure your family is taken care of this hurricane season, but you also want to check in with your neighbors.

If your neighbor is older, they might need your help.

Ask if you can move heavy items or board up their windows.

You can also make sure they are set with transportation if they need to evacuate and don’t have a car.

4. Strengthen your home

Protecting your home is a top priority every hurricane season. Here’s what you can do now to strengthen it:

Use plywood to board up windows. Prices have gone up since the pandemic, so keep an eye out in case costs drop.

Another option is purchasing windows that are made to withstand hurricane forces.

Something else that can protect your home is trimming trees. Cut branches that could fall off and damage your roof.

Experts recommend getting a head start on these projects so you’re scrambling at the last minute trying to find supplies.

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