Florida deals with more storms than any other state, so it is not uncommon for Florida to deal with a hurricane. Below, we have provided an overview of Florida’s hurricane history, but also some useful tips and hints on how to deal with and prepare for an incoming hurricane.
Florida’s Hurricane History
The current list of past Florida hurricanes is incredibly lengthy. It includes over five-hundred tropical and subtropical cyclones, giving any researchers a clear insight into Florida’s susceptibility to hurricanes, storms, and severe weather conditions overall.
Researchers found that it is unlikely for a hurricane to miss Florida. Since 1851, only a small amount of eighteen hurricanes missed Florida, making it seem like Florida is almost a magnet for any incoming hurricanes.
Naturally, the hurricanes Florida had to deal with have had a serious impact on life in the state. Hurricanes hitting the state have led to more than 10,000 deaths, but also 191 billion dollars in damages (last counted in 2017). This once again proves that hurricane preparedness is more important than anything. Below, we have laid out how to be ready for a Florida hurricane.
What Should I Do Before the Start of the Hurricane Season?
Preparation for a hurricane does not start as soon as you hear a warning. No, preparation already starts before the beginning of the hurricane season. The time before the hurricane season is the planning stage, which means you will use this time to work out your Florida hurricane preparedness plan.
When you are preparing for the Hurricane season, there are several things to consider. Firstly, you must work out all the evacuation routes, especially if you live near the coastline. Also, make sure to check if your home meets all the Florida building codes and if your home an withstand a hurricane; this also means checking if your home has storm shutters.
During the hurricane season preparation stage, make sure you get the right supplies in as well; this includes tools, a first aid kit, emergency radio, batteries, a flashlight, and some non-perishable foods that will keep you going.
What Do I Do When a Florida Hurricane Warning Comes in?
When a hurricane warning is issued, it is time to take immediate action. If you reside in a low-lying area, it is important to evacuate immediately. Low-lying areas are especially susceptible to serious damage, which means your life is in danger too!
Some people decide to remain in Florida when a hurricane hits, however, most of these residents live further inland. Still, you must take the proper measures when you decide to remain; this includes using storms shutters or plywood boards for the windows, removing loose outside objects or securing them properly, stocking up on fuel and water, and ensuring you have enough food to last you through the hurricane.
Please note that you may be asked to evacuate by authorities. If an evacuation notice comes in, evacuate immediately and do not attempt to sit out the hurricane in your home.
What Do I Do When the Hurricane Hits?
When the Hurricane hits, it is important to find a secure room in your home and remain there; this could be a storm shelter underneath your home. During the hurricane, please ensure to stay away from windows. Shattering windows are responsible for most injuries during a hurricane, so avoiding them at all cost is advised.
During a hurricane, make sure you have your emergency radio up and working. Listen to the bulletins to keep yourself informed about happenings during the hurricane. Make sure you take special notice of the eye of the storm, which could make it appear like the storm has passed. However, the storm will resume shortly after the eye of the storm has passed your location, so always use the radio to make sure it is safe to leave first.
Before you leave your secure room, please make sure that storm has passed and that there are no immediate threats when leaving your home. Also, check the area for downed power lines and report them right away. Do not go near downed power lines, since they are dangerous and could cause serious injury and even death.
Finally, the most important thing is not to rush things, even if you are used to hurricanes. Always take your time to make sure the area is secure before leaving your shelter.