Hurricane season on the East Coast begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Some years, the East Coast will go the entire season without a major hurricane or tropical storm, but due to the unpredictability of these weather systems, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and know what to do during a hurricane.
So, how do you prepare for a hurricane in Florida? The most important preparation for hurricane season in Florida is knowing your evacuation zone. This will let you know if and when you and your family need to evacuate the area if a hurricane is expected. Use this interactive Florida hurricane evacuation map to find the zone specific to your location or address.
What’s the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning?
Next, it is important that you and your family know how to prepare your home in the event of a hurricane warning. Here are the ways the Center for Disease Control recommends that you ready your home for a hurricane:
Before hurricane season even begins, you can take steps towards preparation by organizing a hurricane emergency kit for your home and your car. Even if a hurricane warning has just been announced, you still have time to gather these items in preparation. Here are the items you should include in your hurricane preparation kits:
Keep all of your hurricane emergency supplies in air-tight containers. It is recommended that your food supplies and cooking supplies are not kept in the same container. If evacuation is not mandatory and you plan to stay at home during the storm, consider purchasing several bags of ice to keep in a cooler. This will be needed if the power goes out and you need to store your perishable items like milk and eggs.
Lastly, in the event of a mandatory evacuation, you and your family may need a temporary place to stay. Those that are not fortunate to have friends or another family in a nearby state may need to find temporary housing. FEMA may have set up temporary shelters in your area. You can find that information here.
If there isn’t an available shelter close to your area or you and your family would prefer a little more privacy, InTown Suites Extended Stay has many locations neighboring Florida that are affordable and provide a safe place to weather the hurricane.
All of our extended stay locations offer apartment-style amenities and in-room kitchens. We are prepared to make your temporary stay as convenient and comfortable as possible. Our in-room kitchens contain full-size refrigerators, microwaves and two-burner stoves. Plus, all of our locations are located in town near grocery stores and other necessities.
Here is a list of properties that are within driving distance from Florida: