Hurricane Preparedness for the Jacksonville Community
Prepare for the Storm Before it Arrives
We are regularly contacted to clean up after hurricane damage. A hurricane is a severe thunderstorm or cyclone-related storm that might strike anytime between June and November of every year. Those storms whip up winds that might come close to 75 mph. Those are some mighty winds. That kind of storm could damage an entire community. However, there are a few things that we suggest people do to stay safe during the storm in Jacksonville. We recommend that they prepare an emergency kit, make plans to secure the property at a moment's notice and establish a way to communicate with the family members in other locations.
The Emergency Hurricane Kit
Every hurricane emergency kit should include all the basics to safely get an individual or a complete family through the storm. First, it is essential to realize that you might not have any power. Therefore, it is a safe bet that you should only include items that run on battery power. Include several flashlights, extra batteries, battery-operated radio, battery-operated emergency weather station, a basic first aid kit, some nonperishable snacks, canned food, gloves, blankets, lighter, matches, bottled water, extra clothing, emergency siren, extra medicine, cash, and pet food for pet owners. Store the items together in a safe and dry place for use.
Securing The Property Before A Hurricane
You hear that a hurricane is on the way. Remember, those winds could damage your property. Start removing outside furniture, plants, cans, and other loose items. Store them in a safe place, like the garage or a basement. Remove any low hanging, dangling tree branches that might blow down against the windows. Board up all the windows on your home and your garage—place bags of sand around exterior areas of the home that might experience flooding. Move important personal papers to a waterproof safe or up to higher floors. Establish a safe room for the family to stay, if an evacuation was not ordered.
Keep Communication Open During A Hurricane
Indeed, it is also essential to keep communication open with your entire family. Establish a way for your family to communicate with each other during an evacuation if other members are in different locations. For example, through a median cell phone number, email, or even over social media sites. Arrange for a place to meet, at a shelter or checkpoint outside of the hurricane zone, if possible.
If you require a quick and efficient clean-up because of water damage or flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East. Our trained technicians can arrive fast and restore your property to normal. (904) 721-2230