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Florida Braces for Active Hurricane Season

With hurricane season starting in less than a month, U.S. disaster officials delivered a stark message to Floridians: a hurricane isn't a question of if, but when. The 2024 season is predicted to be above average, making preparations crucial. While Sanford, a central Florida city, may seem far from danger, officials stressed that everyone in the state faces risks, including flooding. They recommend creating an emergency plan and a supply kit.

"Everybody in Florida is at risk," said Michael Brennan, director of the National Hurricane Center. This vulnerability was underscored by recent strong winds in Tallahassee, a reminder of the potential damage. To gather crucial storm data, officials showcased two "hurricane hunter" planes used to fly into storms. This information helps make critical decisions, like evacuations.

The upcoming season, running from June 1st to November 30th, is predicted to see more than the average of seven tropical storms and seven hurricanes, with three potentially major hurricanes.

Read more about the 2024 forecast here.

Floridians, especially those in Naples and surrounding areas, should remember the devastation of 2004, when four hurricanes ravaged the state in a few weeks. Blue tarps and displaced lives were widespread. New residents should be particularly aware of the dangers.

 

Here's how to prepare:

Step 1: Fortify Your Home with Hurricane Shutters

Your first line of defense against a hurricane's fury is strong, reliable hurricane shutters. These storm protectors safeguard your windows and doors, preventing them from shattering and becoming dangerous entry points for flying debris. Here in Naples, FL, Wind Safe Shutters offers a variety of hurricane shutter options to suit your needs and budget.

Understanding Your Hurricane Shutter Options:

  • Accordion Shutters: Accordion hurricane shutters feature vertical slats and can be installed in openings of any width. This makes them ideal for windows, doors, patio doors, and balconies. These accordion shutters are ideal for curved windows.

 

  • Roll Down Shutters: Wind Safe's roll-down hurricane shutters, an essential component of hurricane shutter installation in Southwest Florida, will be permanently installed on your home or commercial building and will always be ready for use. Deployment is easy with an electric motor or a hand crank, ensuring prompt response during the hurricane season. This saves you and your family valuable time preparing for an approaching hurricane.

  • Impact Windows and Doors: Hurricane impact windows and doors provide complete, permanent protection for your home or commercial property against severe storm activity. Appearing and functioning identically to a standard window, the reinforced glass provides superior protection and shatter resistance against winds, water, and debris. Impact windows and doors are permanently installed and are designed for low to no-maintenance year-round use.

 

By investing in high-quality hurricane shutters from a trusted Naples company like Wind Safe Shutters, you'll gain peace of mind knowing your home is well-protected during a storm.

Step 2: Develop a Comprehensive Emergency Plan

Having a well-defined emergency plan is essential for ensuring the safety of your family during a hurricane. Here are some key elements to consider:

  • Evacuation Plan: Identify potential evacuation routes and determine a designated meeting place outside of the hurricane zone in case you need to leave your home.
  • Communication Plan: Establish a plan to communicate with family members before, during, and after a storm. Consider options like texting, pre-arranged phone calls, or a designated out-of-town contact person.
  • Shelter Options: Identify a safe place to stay in case you need to evacuate your home. This could be a friend's or relative's house outside the evacuation zone, a designated shelter, or a hotel.

Step 3: Assemble a Disaster Kit

Being prepared with a well-stocked disaster kit can make a world of difference during a hurricane. Here are some essential items to include:

  • Non-perishable food and bottled water: Aim for a three-day supply for each member of your household.
  • First-aid kit and essential medications: Ensure you have enough medication for at least a week.
  • Flashlight and batteries: Pack a crank or solar-powered option for extended outages.
  • Cash: ATMs and credit card machines may not be functional during or after a storm.
  • Important documents: Keep copies of passports, insurance documents, and other vital records in a waterproof container.
  • Hygiene products and sanitation supplies
  • Cell phone charger and portable power bank
  • Basic tools and a multi-purpose tool

Don't Procrastinate! Take Action Now

Hurricane season is a time for preparedness, not panic. By taking these proactive steps – installing hurricane shutters from Naples’ trusted company Wind Safe Shutters and creating a comprehensive emergency plan – you can ensure your home and family are well-equipped to face any storm that comes your way.

 

Wind Safe Shutters
3887 Mannix Dr STE 621, Naples, FL 34114
239-209-1847
www.windsafeshutters.com