“It only takes one:” Here’s why Floridians should make hurricane season preparedness a priority all year round
ORLANDO, Florida – Every year, News 6 meteorologists and local government officials encourage the public to prepare for hurricane season, though there are still some who ignore warnings.
Some say they ignore calls to prepare because they have lived in Florida their entire lives and think they “know what to do”. Others see that central Florida has been untouched by major storms in recent hurricane seasons and have just let their guard down after not seeing a catastrophic event in their backyards for a few years.
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And while it’s easy to get comfortable and not spend time preparing for something that might never happen, Eric Alberts, Director of Emergency Preparedness at Orlando Health, reminds downtown Floridians in one simple sentence why they should always make preparation a priority each year: “You only need one.”
“The honest truth is, you only need one, you’ve probably heard this a few times since you’ve lived here. But the reality is, if you look at past history, there are plenty of opportunities for a single hurricane hit or even a tropical storm that you know sort of sticks around and gives us a lot of precipitation in one. short time period. amount of time. It can cause us damage and major catastrophic problems, ”Alberts said. “And it’s just a storm, it’s a hurricane, and yet we have the rest of the season to face.”
Alberts pointed out that hurricane seasons have been so active lately that the National Hurricane Center has even started publishing tropical weather forecasts before the official start of the season.
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He said it’s not just important to prepare, but to make sure you prepare early. In fact, he said the best way to make sure you’re prepared for a storm is to never stop preparing. Instead, look for ways to build your year round hurricane kit this way it’s already ready at the start of storm season.
Alberts said that when you start early, you can look for deals to help replenish your emergency kit, so you don’t have to spend so much money all at once.
“It’s really important for everyone to know that you don’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars all at once. I mean, if you have the money that would be great, but most people don’t. So build where you can, you know when you’re at the store, if it’s on the list it’s buy one, get one, you can afford to get one, you have another free anyway, so go ahead and come and do it, ”Alberts said.
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Another benefit of stocking up on essentials early is that it gives you time to research the luxury items you would like to keep in your hurricane kit.
“So there are a lot of things that are (and) should be needed. And there are a lot of things that are subtleties, as we call it, they are nice to have in your kits. And that’s things like creature comforts, isn’t it? So what are your favorite snacks? What are your favorite treats that you would like to treat yourself to? You are going through a stressful situation in a hurricane, you don’t know your friends, family or home, and you don’t need to be stuck in a shelter in a hotel or even in your home with nothing to do, then sometimes little things like that will help calm you down as weird as it sounds, ”Alberts said.
Alberts said that if you’ve already replenished your basic needs, you can use the extra time to collect board games, cards, coloring books, and whatever else you can do that doesn’t require electricity, though. you lose it during the storm.
For a list of what to include in your hurricane kit, click here. If you’re just looking to replace old items in order to refresh an existing hurricane kit, as Alberts mentioned, click here for a list of items that likely have an expiration date.
Alberts also offered tips on other ways to prepare for a hurricane and valuable information on what to do during and after a storm. Learn more by watching her full interview in the video player at the top of the story.
For additional resources and more expert advice on how to prepare for a storm, visit ClickOrlando.com/ourricane.
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