Tips on keeping safe this Hurricane Season | News
Polk County, FL -- June is National Hurricane Preparedness Month and marks the beginning of hurricane season.
According to forecasters, the Atlantic basin is facing a busy hurricane season with an estimated 12 to 18 named storms this year including six to 10 that will become hurricanes.
As a public service, Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Polk County, a leading provider of fire and water damage clean up and restoration services for residential and commercial properties, is offering these tips for hurricane season to help keep families safe.
According to Kevin Lethers, Paul Davis office owner, hurricane preparedness includes:
Pre-hurricane season preparation:
- Put together a plan for your family and go over it with them.
- Know your evacuation routes.
- Put together an "Emergency Ready Kit" to include proper tools, supplies and first aid kit.
- Have plenty of batteries and flashlights and at least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable foods.
When a hurricane watch or warning is issued:
- Leave low lying areas.
- Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters.
- Secure outside objects.
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water for several days.
- Evacuate if instructed to leave.
- Be ready to put your plan and preparation to action.
- Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, TV or the Internet.
- Make sure all your tools, supplies, first aid, food, fuel and personal items are ready for use.
What to do during the storm:
- Stay in a secure room and away from windows.
- Don't use the telephone or candles.
- Monitor weather and civic service bulletins on regular or NOAA weather radio.
- Have supplies on hand.
- Remain indoors when the eye of the hurricane moves over your area, the storm will resume shortly.
What to do after the storm:
- Make sure everyone is safe and accounted for.
- Monitor the radio for information from emergency management.
- Before venturing outside, ensure the storm has completely passed.
- Report downed power lines and stay away from them.
If you experience property damage after a storm or hurricane, Lethers recommends contacting a restoration professional that specializes in water damage clean up and restoration with technicians who are certified from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Call (863) 299-9688 or visit the website at www.pauldavispolkcounty.com.