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Hurricane Preparedness

Palm Beach County Residents….Plan and prepare for the storm and receive important emergency information.

Check out PBC DART, the free Palm Beach County Emergency app for Android and iOS.

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbc-dart/id526473189?mt=8

 

Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th
with the peak period from early August
through the end of October.

Although
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) is forecasting
a below-normal hurricane
season this year,
they also caution that
coastal areas may not
have it all that easy. According
to a comment
made by the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency’s (FEMA’s)
Deputy Administrator,
Joseph Nimmich, “It
only takes one hurricane
or tropical storm making
landfall in your community
to significantly disrupt
your life!”

As part of our Hurricane
Preparedness Kit,
here are several tips that homeowners
and renters can take before a hurricane
strikes:

1. Have a basic emergency kit, which
includes battery-powered radios, flashlights,
water, non-perishable food, a
first-aid kit and prescription medications.
2. Keep a written list in a plastic bag
of important phone numbers. This can
include numbers of family members
in other states, local emergency management
and shelters, hospitals, your
homeowner’s insurance rep. or for renters,
the landlord or property manager.
3. From very early on, homeowners
should verify their property insurance
to see how much coverage they have,
and if necessary, increase coverage especially
for personal property. Renters
should obtain renters insurance on their
personal belongings.
4. Know your evacuation route, have
alternative living arrangements and
keep your car fueled should an evacuation
be necessary. Storing extra cans of
gasoline in a safe place is also a plus.
5. Homeowners should make sure
that there are storm shutters to cover
all windows and sliding glass doors. If
you cannot install them, make sure you
have someone lined up early who can
complete the installation.
6. Renters should review their lease
to verify who is responsible for installing
storm shutters. If you are responsible
for the installation of the shutters,
make sure you know where they are
located and verify that there are sufficient
shutters to cover all glass windows
and doors.
7. Have surge protectors on all major
appliances, televisions, computers
and other major electronic equipment.
Also, generators are excellent for diminishing
the damage that can result
from abrupt power outages.
8. Secure or remove potential windborne
objects around the home such as
garbage cans, barbecue grills, yard furniture
and kids’ outdoor toys.
9. Be sure trees and shrubs around
your home are well trimmed so they
are more wind resistant.
10. Determine how and where to
secure your boat, RV, and additional
vehicles.

There are also a
number of online resources you can
visit, including the National Hurricane
Center: www.nhc.noaa.govFEMA:www.fema.gov, and Palm Beach County Emergency Management

PAGE PROVIDED BY TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS IN SUPPORT OF THE REALTORS OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Michele Bee


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