Two named storms had already generated prior to the official start of hurricane season on June 1. and now is the time for your preparation. These suggestions can be incorporated into a “to do” list to help your family prepare.
1. Download a copy of Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Guide for tips on creating your hurricane kit. You know best what your basic needs are. Get a waterproof container to store your items and put it in a safe place.
2. Start saving newspapers and clean plastic bottles. When the storm warnings come, the bottles should be filled with tap water. Newspapers can be rolled up, secured with a rubber band, and placed by windows and door to absorb any water that leaks in.
3. Use a camera or cell phone to take pictures throughout the interior and exterior of your residence to document the condition of your home prior to the storm. Secure copies of the pictures in case it is needed for insurance and/or FEMA claims.
4. Have a file with all your important documents. Now is the time to locate your insurance policies, passport, bank information, car paperwork, important personal papers, cash for a few days, and the pictures you took. Place them in a large zip lock bag or watertight container.
5. Check your medications. If there is a storm warning, make sure you have enough to get you through the storm and a few days afterward. If not, call your doctor for a full or partial refill.
6. Check the landscaping around your residence. Get your trees trimmed back and debris hauled away.
Each week look for five new tips to help you create a personal hurricane plan. Should you have questions regarding these tips or any other issue in District 4, call our district office at 305-787-5999 or e-mail us at District4@miamidade.gov.