With Tropical Storm Eta projected to impact Florida’s west coast this week, residents should expect heavy rains, tropical storm force winds, and potential storm surges. At this time, forecasters are still uncertain on the exact track and intensity of the storm although, a storm can quickly change patterns, so it is important to be prepared. Below are some tips to help prepare for the upcoming storm.
First and foremost, stock up on basic supplies such as batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food, first aid supplies, medication and prescriptions, personal hygiene essentials, rain gear and plenty of clean drinking water. This will come in handy if your home is not located in a flood zone, or the storm does not merit an evacuation order. It is recommended to have enough supplies per person to last for a minimum of three days. Once the storm comes, fill your bathtub with water. This can be used to fill toilets for flushing if water service is disrupted. Keep a “to go” bag ready with your basic hurricane supplies plus extra clothing, important documents, enough medication to last up to two weeks, bedding and some cash in the event that you must evacuate your home in a hurry.
Work with your family to create an emergency plan and a designated meeting place in case of an evacuation. Pick a specific location and ensure everyone knows where it is in the unfortunate event of separation. Also, establish some form of emergency notification for when the weather starts to turn. This could be as simple as turning on your tv or radio and tuning it to the local news or weather station. There are also several hurricane specific smart phone apps that include notifications for locations you can set across the country, tips for preparing before, weathering during and recovering after the storm.
Remember to remove all items from outside areas, balconies, pools, and lanais. Bring in outdoor furniture, potted plants and anything that could be picked up and thrown by the wind. Unsecured items could pose a risk to other homes, vehicles, and people. Videotape or photograph your property and personal possessions, especially valuables. This will help with any insurance claims if the storm causes any loss or damage. Important documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, insurance cards, social security card, important family and business contact numbers, health records, mortgages, deeds, titles, financial documents should be kept in a secure, protected place. Back up your important computer files to cloud storage.
Most importantly, don’t forget that your possessions can be replaced, and properties can be repaired. Monitor weather watches and warnings issued by local authorities and the National Hurricane Service. Evacuate when advised by emergency officials. Do not put your life at risk by trying to “ride out the storm” if you are in a mandatory evacuation area. Be smart and stay safe!
If any damage is sustained during a storm, please report it to Ryntal Property Management via the Tenant Portal or call (866)995-5772 to reach our Maintenance line and create a work order. A property manager will be out to assess the damage and arrange for any necessary repairs.