Where Can My Family Go During a Hurricane?
If you live in Florida, you should know what a serious threat a hurricane can pose to your home and family. Preparing your home for a hurricane is very important, but you also need to know where your family can go to avoid the worst part of the storm.
Developing a family disaster plan is recommended. This plan should include emergency evacuation routes (more than one just to be safe). You and your family should also set a place to meet up if you get separated.
Since you might not be able to evacuate your home, you may want to consider adding a safe room. These rooms are built to withstand an extreme weather event which includes a hurricane or tornado. Taking shelter in a certified safe room can drastically increase your chances of avoiding injury or death during such an emergency.
If you need to evacuate before or during a hurricane, your best course of action is to head north. Be prepared since the highways will likely be packed full of other drivers heading in that direction. If you live in the Fort Meyers area you can travel up to Georgia which is typically a safe area during these storms.
When you evacuate, try to keep all your family and pets together in one car if possible. Only bring items you’ll really need such as ID, medications, cell phone, cash, and clothing. If you know a hurricane is likely going to be serious, fill up your gas tank as early as possible so you’re ready to go.
If you do stay home, be sure your windows are protected and your home has been secured. Prepare ahead of time with plenty of food and water as well as an emergency medical kit. Stay away from windows and find an interior room on the lower level of your home.
If you live in a hurricane prone area, your community likely has a public shelter. These are for people with no other options to have a safe place during a storm. The shelter is more of a last resort and you’ll likely be better off staying with family or friends if possible.
Remember to stay inside during a hurricane and be prepared. Storm Smart can help make sure your home is hurricane ready with our fine selection of screens, shutters, and more. Give us a call today at 239-274-2700 for more information.