Hurricane Preparedness in Boca Grande is an annual occurrence. While there are important tasks to accomplish, it needn’t be a hassle. With a little bit of organization and a proper checklist, you’ll be ready in no time!
Hurricane Preparedness in Boca Grande
Hurricane Season is a fact of life for those of us living in Florida, and especially on and along the barrier islands, like Gasparilla. As recent tropical storm-turned-hurricane, Elsa drew near to the gulf coast, it was a terrific reminder that a few simple things completed ahead of time can save a world of trouble later. Although it requires some due diligence, for those who are prepared, it isn’t something to stress over.
The state of Florida has hurricane preparedness information here. Keep in mind that when a large storm has the potential to hit, the barrier islands are the first to undergo Mandatory Evacuation orders. Get a printable checklist from our insurance partners at BKS Insurance.
Islanders have been known to throw pool furniture INTO pools as a last minute solution to keep it from blowing over to the next island, but these days we generally have enough warning when there is a sizable storm on the horizon! With that being said, securing outdoor items around your property to prevent them from injuring you, or someone else should be near the top of your list.
Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the islands and coastal areas.
In the case of such large storms, it’s important to know evacuation routes and to plan to use them. There are reasons the barrier islands are evacuated first. Once the winds reach high speed, the bridge will close. Once the storm is in full swing, you may not be able to get proper medical care on island, much less leave for a hospital. Anyone with major health issues should plan leave for the mainland. Always abide by the local recommendations to stay safe from the storms!
If you plan to stay or are unable to leave, you’ll want to pay special attention to the supplies needed to shelter in place. Also, make sure at least a member of your friends and family are aware of your plans.
To create a disaster kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Some of the supplies will already be handy for sheltering in place, but consider creating an evacuation kit ahead of the storm as well.
Simple Preparedness List – Disaster Kit
- Be sure to carry plenty of insurance (check into homeowners, flood insurance, and hurricane riders with Italiano Insurance)
- Secure outdoor items
- Stay updated on the weather
- Attach storm shutters if needed – (call Justin Davis 941-268-5171)
- Keep meds on hand (if you rely on important medications, try to get an extra prescription to have on hand each hurricane season)
- Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Can opener
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person to be kept in a dry-bag
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for climate and sturdy shoes
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches or lighters in a waterproof container
- Personal hygiene items
Hurricane season on Florida’s Gulf Coast begins June 1 and ends November 30. According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, peak hurricane season occurs between August and October.
Carol Stewart is a Boca Grande local with a global network! As your agent, she will gladly discuss a variety of local business professionals who can be useful in the event you need them. Grande Air Services is a local company she recommends for their Appliance Maintenance package. A tropical climate and island atmosphere can be rough on belongings and proper maintenance is important!
Contact Carol for all your real estate needs! email: CarolStewart@michaelsaunders.com