This week’s visit from Tropical Storm Colin is a good reminder of the importance of hurricane preparedness in Central Florida. In recent weeks there have been several reports about ‘hurricane amnesia’ among Floridians. For Floridian’s who’ve lived here longer than a decade, they can remember the disastrous seasons in 2004 and 2005 when three large storms crossed over Orlando. Anyone who lives in Florida should be concerned and take hurricane season seriously.
According to USA Today, Tropical Storm Colin was the first tropical weather system Florida has seen in three years. The Orlando area was lucky enough to only get three inches of rain, and 21 power outages. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, “Tropical Storm Colin may have been less menacing than some thunderstorms but added “it’s a matter of time” before an extraordinarily wet storm visits Central Florida.”
Preparing your home and family for a potential hurricane this season is critical. Please take these steps to ensure your security:
- Trim trees and shrubbery, make sure any weak or dead limbs are removed.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Prepare to evacuate if you live in a flood zone.
- Persons with medical needs should register with the Office of Emergency Management if planning to go to a Special Needs shelter, or call 407-665-5102.
- Make a list all medications and medical information.
- Review insurance policies, take photos of your home, and make household inventory (include receipts, serial numbers, and purchase dates). Place these papers, and all other important documents in a water proof container.
- Restock your Family Emergency Disaster Kit, and view FEMA’s checklist here.
- Purchase electric weather radio with a battery back-up, or a portable radio.
- Sign up for one of the electronic text notification systems provided by Nextdoor, or the Office of Emergency Management.
For more information, please contact the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management at 407-665-5102.