This hurricane season has certainly kept us on our toes to say the very least. While we are especially grateful for our safety and the strength of this area, it’s always important to take the time to prepare for the next potential storm. While we’re on the tail-end of hurricane season here in Florida, we’ve compiled some lists to make sure we stay ready for whatever comes next.
While preparing your home to protect against hurricane damage is undoubtedly an expense, you can do it in stages. It’s also something that our trusted maintenance and property management teams would love to help you with.
Things to check at your property:
- Cut weak branches and trees that could fall on your house and keep shrubbery trimmed.
- Replace gravel or rock landscaping materials with a fire-resistant material which is lighter and won’t cause as much harm.
- Install storm shutters to protect your windows from breakage. Alternately, fit plywood panels to your windows, which can be nailed to window frames when a storm approaches.
- Make sure exterior doors are hurricane proof and have at least three hinges and a dead bolt lock that is at least one inch long.
- Sliding glass doors should be made of tempered glass and, during a storm, covered with shutters or plywood. These types of doors are more vulnerable to wind damage than most other doors.
- Always make sure your roof is in tip-top shape to protect from wind and debris.
- If you live in a mobile home, make sure you know how to secure it against high winds and be sure to review your mobile home insurance policy.
- If you have a boat on a trailer, know how to anchor the trailer to the ground or house—and review your boat insurance policy.
Things to store in your at-home hurricane kit:
- Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic bags
- Cleaning materials
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if your kit contains canned food)
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Change of clothes and blanket
Things to pick up to make a Hurricane cocktail (optional):
- 2 ounces light rum
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1/2 ounce passion fruit puree
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
Add the light and dark rums, lime and orange juices, passion fruit puree, simple syrup and grenadine into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a large Hurricane glass over fresh ice.
Garnish as desired.
We had to throw in that cocktail recipe at the end for our legal and responsible-drinking readers because in the midst of hurricane season, things can get stressful! You deserve to relax. Whether that’s sipping a delicious Hurricane cocktail, walking our beautiful beaches, or booking a staycation, we hope you get everything settled and find some peace of mind here in paradise. We are grateful to share it with you!
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