It’s hurricane season again. As a Florida resident, you want to make sure you protect your family and your investments from any future risks you face in a hurricane. Below is a summary of a Hurricane Planning Guide from the Orange County Property Appraiser.
Family Planning. Create a family hurricane preparedness plan before an actual storm hits. Discuss the hazards you could possible face, to make sure everyone is aware of the risks and how to take care of themselves.
- Locate a safe room in the home & identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan what to do for your pets if you evacuate.
Evacuation Order. An evacuation order is issued by the local government advising everyone in the area to evacuate. Once it is issued, immediate evacuation is required by state law.
- Clear your yard of loose objects (BBQ grills, etc.) and secure them inside.
- Disconnect and protect valuable electric equipment.
- Let friends/relatives know your evacuation location.
- Secure all windows and doors tightly.
- Turn off electric, water, and gas.
After the Storm.
- Return home only when officials tell you it is safe to do so- keep your identification handy, you may be asked to provide proof of residence.
- Drive only when and where necessary.
- Stay clear of all downed power lines.
- Make sure you have all required building permits before attempting any repairs.
Additional resources are provided in the pamphlet, including a list to create a Disaster Supply Kit.
View Hurricane Planning Kit
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