With the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season just two months away, it’s crucial for residents of Florida to start thinking about hurricane preparedness. It’s important to remember how powerful the forces of nature are, and the importance of being prepared. Here are ten essential steps to ensure you, your family, and your community remain safe and ready:

  1. Review Your Insurance Coverage: Make sure your home and property insurance is up to date and covers flood damage, which is often not included in standard policies.
  2. Create an Emergency Plan: Discuss and plan for where you will go if an evacuation is ordered. Consider both local and out-of-town scenarios.
  3. Build a Hurricane Kit: Stock up on non-perishable food, water (one gallon per person per day), medications, flashlights, batteries, and other essentials.
  4. Secure Your Home: Install storm shutters, secure loose outdoor items, and reinforce garage doors to withstand high winds.
  5. Stay Informed: Sign up for local emergency notifications and alerts at Osceola.org to receive real-time updates during a hurricane.
  6. Reference the Free KUA Hurricane Guide: Visit KUA.com/storm for a comprehensive guide on hurricane preparedness, including tips for individuals, businesses, and organizations.
  7. Protect Important Documents: Keep important documents, such as birth certificates, property deeds, and insurance policies, in a waterproof container and create digital backups.
  8. Plan for Pets: Ensure your emergency plan includes your pets, with a stock of pet food and carrier ready for evacuation.
  9. Check on Neighbors: Build a community support network to help each other before, during, and after a hurricane.
  10. Practice Evacuation Drills: Familiarize your family with evacuation routes and meeting points in case of separation.

By taking these steps, Floridians can ensure they are prepared for the hurricane season. The KUA Hurricane Guide is an invaluable resource that offers detailed information and tips to help safeguard lives and property. Don’t wait until it’s too late; start preparing today to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe throughout the hurricane season.