JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a very active 2022, and the damage brought on by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole — we’re all encouraged to start planning for storms early.
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Remember, the peak of hurricane season is actually in September. Preparing for the storms now can save you money, time, and can ultimately save lives.
Below you will find items and tips to help you prepare in advance for hurricane season.
Ensure your first-aid kit is up to date with items such as adhesive bandages, medicine or prescriptions, gauze, ice packs and gloves.
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Here are a few items to check off your list as you prepare your hurricane kit:
- Make sure you check the expiration date on items like your medicine and canned goods
- Batteries -- replace the old ones and stock up on another set if you need more
- Whistles to call for help
- Toilet paper
You also want to have food like chips, canned goods, or sandwiches — foods that don’t require a microwave or electricity. Make sure to get enough water for everyone in your house.
You should also fill up your tank and check on your generators — they may need gas too.
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Check your documents as well.
It’s recommended to collect all birth certificates, medical records, any important documents, and insurance policies and store them in a plastic bag or have them scanned so you can have electronic copies.
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued a public service announcement Saturday urging people to prepare.
“Tropical Storm Ian, in the next few days, will more than likely become a hurricane. What I want you to do is take your smartphone, go walk outside your house, and shoot a video of what it looks like today. Then, go back inside your house and shoot that same video inside. If you are affected by this storm, this will give you a cut-and-dry example of what your house looks like before and after the storm if you had damage,” Patronis said.
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It’s also important to have your own safety plan in place and know if you’re in a flood zone.
Our Hurricane Survival Guide includes a printable checklist for your supply kit (Page 17).