Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida. Before the next big storm rolls through Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area, it’s important to draw up a hurricane preparedness checklist. Having a plan in place before the wind starts howling will help your loved ones and your home make it through the storm.

Gather Your Supplies

Before the storm arrives, you’ll need to gather some essential items that can save your life and protect your family. You should start your emergency kit with water and food; a gallon of water per person per day should be sufficient. Your food stockpile will need to last for at least three days and should include items that won’t expire quickly. Snacks for quick energy, like granola bars, are a good choice. Canned foods, such as soups and fish, give you plenty of options for full meals. Other essential items for your kit include emergency tools, such as a medical kit, flashlights and a radio.

Prepare Your Home

If you leave anything outside during the storm, it could cause damage to your home. Take a walk around your yard and bring loose items, such as patio furniture and tools, into the garage. Don’t ignore your air conditioner; ensure that the outside unit is properly anchored. Finally, stock up on plywood so that you can cover your windows and doors before the winds become too dangerous.

Make a Plan for Your Family

Creating a hurricane plan for your family ensures that everyone knows what to do when the storm hits. As you work on the plan, create a list of important contact information and collect essential documents that you don’t want to lose. You’ll also need to create an evacuation plan in case of an exceptionally severe storm. Look up evacuation routes ahead of time, and try them out in good weather so that you won’t be confused if you need to evacuate.

Preparedness will get you and your family through the next hurricane. At Pinellas Comfort Systems, we’re happy to help our neighbors get their HVAC systems ready for the hurricane season. To find out about how AC maintenance can help you stay prepared, check out our maintenance packages or call us at 727-201-5879.

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