10 Jul Do you have a hurricane plan?
We’ll be heading into the height of hurricane season soon, so we wanted to take a break from the usual duties at our car insurance agency in Lake Worth, Florida and encourage you to make hurricane preparations now.
Experts agree having a plan in place long before a storm threatens South Florida is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
Here are some helpful suggestions from Ready.gov/hurricanes:
- Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
- Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
- Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
- Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
- Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
- Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.
Below are helpful local websites and links to ensure you have everything you need provided courtesy of Florida State Senator Lori Berman, who represents District 31 (which includes many of the same areas served by our car insurance agency, including Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Lantana and Boynton Beach, among other communities in Palm Beach County):
Palm Beach County Emergency Management
Official Palm Beach County Hurricane Planning Guide
PBC Dart – I highly recommend you downloading this very user friendly and useful app
List of Shelters in PBC
Special Needs Shelter info
National Hurricane Center
For general information and questions, you can reach Palm Beach County’s Emergency Management Department at:
20 S. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, 33415
Follow PBC Emergency Management on Social Media:
Twitter: @PBCDEM, @PBCFR (PBC Fire Rescue), @pbcgov (County Government)
And, of course, if there’s anything those of us here at our Lake Worth, Florida auto insurance agency can help you with, please don’t hesitate to call. We are your neighbors – as well as experts in home, health and auto insurance – in Lake Worth, FL. Call us at (561) 440-2024 or drop us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.