When it comes to preparing for Hurricane Season, there are a number of items that need to be considered and many decisions that must be made. These steps can help you feel prepared this year:
- Trim any trees that overhang the roof and any dead branches on all trees, at the beginning of the season
- Clean debris from roof valleys, gutters, or downspouts. Ensure water can flow.
- Be sure any storm drains on the street are cleaned out.
- You can fill your own sandbags under the Palm Valley bridge in Ponte Vedra Beach. Take a shovel and sandbags (buy them early, they may run out).
- Secure or bring in all outdoor furniture & loose items to prevent flying debris.
- Protect windows with storm shutters (many newer homes windows can withstand 180 mph winds).
- Choose a safe interior room with no windows, if you have small children, run through a drill and have your comfort items there in advance.
- Reinforce garage doors, they are the most vulnerable to wind damage.
- If evacuating, turn off the power, water, & gas & plan multiple evacuation routes.
- Test your generator before the storm to be sure it can handle the load you plan to put on it (refrigerator, radio, power strips, fans, phones, etc.).
Tips Before & During a Storm:
- Keep your vehicle gas tank half full during storm season
- Keep small denominations of cash on hand
- Fill your bathtubs with water. Use a bucket to flush the toilets.
- Lower your Hurricane/Perils Homeowners Insurance Deductible to $500.
- Take pictures of everything before and after the storm for claim purposes.
- Have all your key documents (insurance policies, wills, vehicle titles, prescription info, important phone numbers, etc.) ready in a plastic bag.
FPL: www.fpl.com/storm/home/links or call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)
St. Johns County Emergency Management: www.sjcemergencymanagement.org
Tax-Free info: https://revenuelaw.floridarevenue.com/LawLibraryDocuments/2019/05/TIP-122405_TIP%2019A01-02_FINAL_RLL.pdf
Evacuation zones: http://www.sjcfl.us/FloodFacts/media/FFWorkshop3.pdf
Storm tracker: www.queerkey.com
Government readiness: ready.gov
Florida Disaster: floridadisaster.org