Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters usually between the months of June and November. When a hurricane strikes land, it can bring destructive winds, intense rainfall, flooding, storm surges, and even landslides. For people who live in places that are prone to hurricanes, like Florida, having an evacuation plan ready must be taken seriously.
If you are new to Florida or unsure what steps to take, the state of Florida has a variety of resources available online to help you with your evacuation plan. Remember, having a serious evacuation plan in place is the best way to protect your family and your property in the event that a hurricane arrives.
Listed below are some of the precautionary steps you can take to prepare you and your family for a hurricane:
- Know your zone. The route you take to evacuate will depend on where you live. The state of Florida has evacuation routes pre-mapped, so check your zone to see which route you will be driving if you are forced to evacuate. Visit Florida Disaster to see your zone.
- Have a destination ready. You should know where you are evacuating to long before the hurricane arrives. Have the directions mapped out and try to choose a destination that is not too far but is located outside of the hurricane evacuation zone.
- Be ready. Have an evacuation kit prepared with such items as water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit. Also, make sure you have a full tank of gas ready.
- Call 511. You can call 511 for up-to-date Florida traffic information.
- Leave early. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide.If it’s recommended that you evacuate, leave as early as possible. You can expect heavy traffic on the roads, so be prepared to be patient. If you have children, bring games, books or something else to keep them entertained.
- Beware flooded waters. It’s challenging to gauge how deep flood water is, so don’t walk or drive through any roads or flooded areas.
Hurricanes should not be taken lightly. Always be prepared and make sure you pay attention to developing news and storm alerts. It’s also recommended that you take photos of your home and property before the storm. This can be helpful if the hurricane causes damage to your property and you have to file a claim with your insurance company. For more information on how to protect yourself and your family, we recommend you contact an experienced insurance attorney in Florida.
Speak with a skilled property insurance attorney in Florida
If your property was damaged in a hurricane, you will have to file a claim with your insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to pay out less than the property was worth, or worse, deny claims altogether. At Johnson and Williams, our property insurance attorneys fight to protect clients who are being mistreated by insurance companies. Call us today at (407) 245-1268 or write to us online to schedule a free consultation. We can help you get the fair compensation you deserve.