Summertime in Florida, a time when the roads become a little less crowded and the lines at your favorite restaurant become a little bit shorter. The snowbirds are all headed back up North, and we can relax for a few months before the hustle and bustle of the Holidays comes around. However, there are always some precautions to take into consideration as we come to this time of year.
It’s Hurricane Season. For some of us, last year was a wake up call- our first hurricane in Central Florida in nearly a decade. Some experienced power loss or damage from wind and rain. It is always a good idea to stock up on the essentials for the Hurricane Season; bottled water, power generators, flashlights, candles, and some food. Remember the general rule of 1 gallon of potable water per person per day.
If a power generator is out of your budget for this hurricane season, here’s a quick checklist of some things to have around the house for Hurricane Season: A good suggestion is to keep items in a waterproof plastic tote, and buying these items now will prevent you from having to be in the rush during the last few days before the storm comes.
1) Flashlights- Small handheld, as well as larger lights that can illuminate a room
2) Batteries for your flashlights
3) A hand-crank radio/flashlight combo (any self-powered flashlight will do, one that does not require batteries to be changed)
4) Water- 1 gallon per person per day for cleaning/drinking
5) A first aid kit
6) Ready-to-eat foods or MREs
7) A set of two-way radios
8) Sternos or other alternative cooking methods
9) Isopropyl Alcohol or hand sanitizers
10) Water Purification tablets
11) Portable Cell phone chargers/extra batteries.
Some things to do to prepare for Hurricane Season, if a Hurricane is headed your way.
1) Fill your bathtub with water. You can use this to flush your toilets or even get a small amount into a bowl to bathe with.
2) Fill gallon bags with ice from your ice maker and stack them in your freezer/fridge to help keep food frozen in a power outage. The less “empty” space in your freezer, the longer your items will stay cold.
3) Move all of your Hurricane Supplies to a central location in the house. You do not want to be digging for the flashlights after the hurricane has hit.
4) If the authorities say evacuate, EVACUATE!
While you are stocking up on your supplies for Hurricane Season, take a look at this article from the Florida Manufactured Housing Association regarding the homes we have for sale; it should give you some peace of mind as we enter this season.
As always folks, come see us at Sweetwater Oaks- 1-800-936-0188