As South Floridians, we’re continuously under threat of hurricanes year after year. Each June we attentively watch the weather channel, awaiting news of a potential new storm heading our way. Many storms come and go between June 1st and November 30th, however, only a select handful will turn into these powerful and destructive weather systems. As weather can be highly unpredictable, it’s hard to gauge how long before a hurricane makes landfall. In fact, a hurricane could be heading directly towards South Florida, only for it to veer right and avoid Florida completely. Nevertheless, it’s better to be well prepared for one of these potentially devastating storms than to gamble that it will avoid the area completely. Knowing what to do before, during, and after a hurricane can be the difference between being safe and putting yourself in danger.
Before A Hurricane
There are several steps every family should follow before a hurricane is ever announced. Between December and May, families should begin stockpiling on nonperishable foods, water, batteries, flashlights, and emergency kits. Every home should consider investing in both storm shutters as well as standby generators. Storm shutters will protect your windows from breaking and sending glass everywhere, as well as anything outside that could potentially be flung towards your home. Standby generators are an excellent option, as they keep your house running efficiently, even when normal power lines go down. Learn more about standby generators and hour Rack Electric can help install one for your home here.
You should also secure outside objects, such as backyard furniture, swing sets, or above-ground pools. Every member of your family should be aware of evacuation routes and what to do in the event of a mandatory evacuation, that way everyone knows where to meet should anyone get separated.
During A Hurricane
When a hurricane arrives, you should either hunker down in your home or have evacuated already if you were told to. If you are staying in your home, you should stay within the most secure rooms of your home. Even if windows have been boarded up with wood or storm shutters, stay away in the event of a breach. Remain indoors throughout the storm, even when you’re inside the eye. It may seem as though you’re safe, the storm will once again commence as the eyewall begins to pass over. Continue to monitor the weather through your television, computer, or radio, as this will be the only way you’ll be able to confirm that an all-clear has been given. Your power may suddenly go out, so have flashlights at the ready. Do not use candles, as emergency services will be unavailable should you accidentally start a fire.
With a backup generator installed in your home, you won’t have to worry about your devices dying or shutting off, as it will keep your house running throughout the duration of the storm. Even with a backup generator, we highly recommend having emergency supplies on hand, as anything can occur during these massive storms.
After The Storm
Even when the storm passes, you should await the all-clear before stepping outside. Once you’re given the go-ahead, step outside and assess any damage caused to your personal property. Report any downed power lines and avoid them at all costs, these are highly dangerous and can prove fatal if handled incorrectly. Allow professionals to handle cleanup and be patient. Soon enough, everything will go back to normal and you can go about your life.
The looming danger of hurricanes can make anyone nervous, but knowing how to prepare for them can make a world of difference. To learn more about how Rack Electric can help you prepare for the upcoming hurricane season with a standby generator installation, call us today at (561) 391-3550.Back