Weathering the Storm: 3 Essential Tips for Hurricane Preparedness Before, During and After the Storm
In the rhythm of life, we find ourselves dancing between sunny days and turbulent storms. As we soak in the sunshine, it's crucial to remember that preparation is key to protect ourselves and our families when a hurricane strikes. Let's dive in and discover how a little proactive planning can go a long way in protecting what matters most.
1. Before the Storm
To ensure you are well prepared, gather supplies needed for at least three days especially for water, non-perishable food, power bank chargers, and clothing. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including any prescription medication and special items for disabled family members. If you have pets in your household, be sure to gather pet food, bedding, and pet litter.
Store these items in an easy-to-carry waterproof bag, such as a backpack or duffle bag. This will help make it convenient to grab and go in the need of an evacuation and keep your items dry from possible flooding.
For a complete list of supplies, visit www.davie-fl.gov/DaviePrepares.
2. During the Storm
All final preparations should be completed and now, we ask that you hunker down in a safe place in your home.
If you are in an evacuation zone, please stay updated and alert to act on any orders issued. If staying home when the storm hits, seek cover in a small, interior, windowless room or hallway that is not prone to flooding and can withstand high winds – this is typically your lowest floor. If the eye passes over Davie, there will be a period of calmness. However, don't be deceived by the calmness since the strongest winds surround the eye and will ramp back up to full force once the eye moves away.
3. After the Storm
Stay in touch with local authorities for information and special instructions to ensure that the storm has completely passed your area before heading out or, if you’ve evacuated, returning home.
Staying safe is just as important even after the storm is gone by avoiding floodwaters, electrical equipment and power lines and being careful near damaged buildings. Don’t forget to also take care of your emotional health during this time and connecting with family, friends and neighbors in your community.
Save Money this Hurricane Season
If you like a good bang for your buck, shop for your emergency supplies during Florida’s Disaster Preparedness tax-free holiday beginning August 26 to September 8, 2023. During this period, qualifying purchases on generators, coolers, power banks, smoke detectors, batteries, flashlights, toilet paper, pet food and more are exempt from sales tax. To view the complete list of qualifying items, visit www.floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep.
Register for Town Alerts
Receive emergency Town of Davie alerts straight to your inbox by subscribing to Emergency Notification System to stay in the know when a disaster strikes. Register at www.davie-fl.gov/AlertDavie or text the word ALERTDAVIE to 888-777.
For more information regarding hurricane preparedness, visit www.davie-fl.gov/DaviePrepares.
Image of canal near the intersection of Davie Road and Griffin Road.