Once the month of June gets underway, South Florida residents know to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. As the scientific community strives to understand these powerful storms, people in this area appreciate that hurricanes are often unpredictable and capable of leaving massive devastation in their wake. People whose homes are in the paths of these storms often take the needed precautions to safeguard their homes and loved ones from storm damages. As you prepare for hurricane season this year, we encourage you to evaluate your homes and properties and take the necessary steps to weather the storms, in case evacuation is not an option when the storm hits.
Even smaller tropical depressions can cause significant damage to South Florida. When storms come ashore, it is not uncommon for residents to witness huge amounts of rain, flooding, tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail. Many times, people can weather the storm by waiting it out in their homes. Even so, storms of this magnitude can knock down trees, flood streets, and eliminate electrical power for days at a time. People who decide to stay during these storms can maintain some level of comfort by keeping necessities on hand. In addition to emergency standby generators, residents are encouraged to keep canned food, candles, medications, pet food, diapers, bottled water, baby formula, paper towels and other items on hand. Having these necessities in stock can make the days without power more comfortable and tolerable. People should be sure they have access to their medications and enough food on which to survive while the storm passes and before power crews can restore electricity and gas service.
Restoring power during a storm is too dangerous for crews. They must wait until the rain and lightning stops before they can go out in the rain to work on power lines. Hurricanes often bring with them powerful lightning strikes and high winds. People who fail to use lightning and surge protection devices often lose their computers, televisions, and other electrical devices in these storms. Sometimes insurance companies will pay for these belongings to be replaced; other times, insurance companies refuse to cover these expenses. When people are not sure that their electrical devices are covered by insurance, they are advised to use lightning and surge protection strips. Even with insurance, people who use these devices may enjoy knowing that their TVs and computers will work after the hurricane passes.
Families in South Florida who have medical problems that require electric devices to help them stay healthy are encouraged to prepare before hurricane season starts. A person who uses oxygen or a ventilator cannot survive a storm if he or she does not have access to emergency standby generators. These generators are vital for people who need to use oxygen, ventilators or other medical equipment on a daily basis. Rather than jeopardize your health, make sure you have a generator on hand, as well as any necessary medical supplies.