We are midway through Florida’s hurricane season. While we’ve had a drenched summer, Florida has had a mildly active hurricane season. However, that could be about to change as we close out the month of August.
By now you’ve probably seen the images coming in from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Louisiana parishes are suffering flooding, as well, and those images are starting to come in. But while a lot of the attention is focused on Harvey victims, we cannot afford to lose focus on a system in the Atlantic right now named Irma. Hurricane Irma was upgraded to category 2 early Thursday and then category 3 by the afternoon.
We are a little more than half way through hurricane season and weather experts forecast September being the peak of the season. With Hurricane Irma at least 12 days out from being a potential threat the East Coast of the United States, this is the time that we should be mindful that hurricane season is not over. It’s far from over.
In the meantime, now is as good a time as any to get your hurricane kits, evacuation plans, home escape plans, etc… in order if you haven’t already.
Things To Ask Yourself:
*Do I know where a copy of my home’s insurance policy is located?
*Do I know if flooding is covered if a storm drain or lake overflows?
*Where did I put the receipts for large purchases? Are they in a sealed bag or container?
Things You Should Do:
*Make a folder of vital paperwork you would want with you in the event you need to evacuate.
*Have a written copy of important phone numbers in the event your cell phone is lost or loses power.
*Update your hurricane kit; make sure you have bottled water and extra meds to last at least a week.
To learn more about Hurricane Irma, and the pattern that hurricanes coming from Cape Verde take on, go to: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/31/us/hurricane-irma-forecast-weather/index.html.