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It’s Hurricane Prep Time

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Trucks arrive at staging sites prior to Hurricane Nicole on November 8, 2022 in West Palm Beach, FL.

We know, we know, you don’t want to think about it, but spring is a volatile time for weather and is also the time to prep for hurricane season. If you start now, you can break up your list into small weekend tasks and spread the expense over time as well.

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Before you begin, check out your property and make sure you have a secure and damage-free property. Mitigation is taking action to prevent or reduce the effects of emergencies or disasters before they occur. Making sure that trees are in a healthy condition, without dead or unstable limbs, will help prevent tree damage to your home or property. The Escambia County Storm Center website has great details about steps to take to prevent storm damage to your property, including consulting with an arborist to determine the health and safety of the trees on your property.

Local residents should have basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.

There are basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. Your home should be the location of your main disaster supplies kit and should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days. Keep it in a designated place where it is easily accessible. Make sure all family members know the location of the kit.

Take time over the coming weeks to gather all your important papers and keep them in a ready-to-access binder that is easy to grab if you are walking out the door.

For a full emergency supply kit checklist provided by Escambia County Be Ready, click here.

In Escambia County, you may access emergency storm tips, guides, and information here. And in Santa Rosa County, click here for more.

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