When living in Florida, preparing for hurricane season in advance is one of the smartest things you can do, especially when you live on a waterfront property. Although there a many incredible perks to living on a waterfront property, unfortunately they are also subject to greater weather related risks. Tropical storms, hurricanes, storm surges and tornadoes can be detrimental to a waterfront home and ultimately your safety; having a thought-out plan emergency plan for the high season couldn’t be more important. As the stress of hurricane season is currently coming to an end, now is the perfect time to ensure you have a proper plan in place before disaster strikes.

Here are some tips for what you and your family should be doing after hurricane season:

Know Your Hurricane Risk

Visit your communities’ official website to research risks associated with your local area. Know where the flood zones are located, if your home is at risk and to what degree. These factors will help you develop the proper emergency plan for you and your family. While Tampa Bay hasn’t been hit directly by a hurricane in many decades, there are still risks of extreme weather affecting your home.

Update Your Emergency Plan

Sign up for alerts and warnings that can be sent to your phone instantly via text. Sit down with your family and make a communication plan and discuss safe shelter options. It’s useful to keep a list of important phone numbers on hand as well. Finally, know your evacuation route.

Restock Supplies

Build or restock your basic disaster supply kit. This should include non-perishable food and bottled water to last a few days, a flashlight for each family member, batteries, chargers, cash, and a first aid kit. If you have pets, don’t forget to plan accordingly for them as well!

Know Your Local Emergency Plans

Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. You will have peace of mind if you know how to prepare, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Contact local authorities for more information.

For more helpful weather related information for the Apollo Beach area, be sure to bookmark the following link: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Office of Emergency Management. This county site will guide you in appropriately preparing your family and home in the case of an emergency. Stay safe!