Preparing for Hurricane Dorian: Before, During, and After
At Strems Law Firm, we believe that preparing for a hurricane is something that needs to be done before, during, and after the storm hits to ensure your rights and property are protected. Hurricanes come and go often in Florida, however, many people are unaware of how to properly prepare a game plan for when they do hit. Properly setting yourself, your family, and your property for a hurricane will ensure you are able to safely return to your normal life as quickly as possible following Dorian’s depart.
What Should I Do Before Dorian Hits?
Typically, you will have 2 options, which depend on your location in relation to Dorian’s path—staying at home or evacuating:
If You Remain at Home:
The first thing to be aware of is finding the safest place to stay in your home or nearby location. Knowing where to go before the storm hits will save you the added stress in an already extreme situation.
Stock all non-perishable food, water, first-aid kits, a battery-powered radio, and medication in an air-tight storage system.
Lower your fridge and freezer temperatures to their lowest settings. This will help keep your food preserved in the event of a power outage.
Always have your cellphone with you.
DO NOT park near trees.
Place your important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.) in a flood-proof container.
Back up important computer information onto an external hard drive.
If You are Asked to Evacuate:
ALWAYS follow the advice given by local authorities. If they ask you to evacuate, do so.
Unplug ALL appliances in your home before leaving.
Move important belongings to high ground.
Turn off water to prevent additional water damage in the event of broken pipes.
Turn off your gas.
Make sure your vehicle is in working condition with a full tank of gas.
Have a meeting spot where you and your loved ones can meet. This should be somewhere close, we recommend within ten miles.
If you have pets, make sure they are micro-chipped. Also, be sure to put together an emergency kit for your pet. Include a pet carrier, medical records, food, leashes, and a few toys.
During the Hurricane
There is a list of do’s and don’ts while you are going through a hurricane at home:
Make sure you have a radio handy.
Listen to the radio or news for weather updates.
Stay clear of windows and breakables in your home.
Move to the basement if you have that option.
Evacuate if you are asked or your home is in an unsafe condition.
Turn off electricity at the main breaker if there is flooding.
Handle electronic equipment
Walk or drive through floodwaters. They are often rushing and it only takes one foot of water to drown.
Following the Storm
Now that the storm has passed, you may begin returning to homeostasis.
Once power is regained, be sure to turn on your appliances one-by-one to prevent damaging them.
Avoid ALL damaged power and electrical lines.
Don’t use any electrical equipment that has been in contact with water.
Stay clear of floodwater, it contains bacteria and hidden dangers.
TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF INJURIES AND PROPERTY DAMAGE ASAP
For more information on any of the information above contact Strems Law Firm (786) 661-3111. We work around the clock to ensure the safety of Florida natives and will be available to answer any and all questions.