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If you live in Florida, you’ll know that natural disasters can happen quickly and unexpectedly. The devastation caused can tear down homes and split up families. That’s why it’s crucial to prepare to avoid getting caught off-guard.
Learning what kind of disasters are likely in Florida and how to prepare for them can give you the best chance. Read on to find out what All Dry USA recommends to keep you and your loved ones safe. And if a disaster has already struck, call us to help with restoration and repair.
Due to its location within the USA, Florida is at high risk for many different natural disasters. It can make preparing more stressful as you need to be ready for several scenarios. You’re facing a triple threat of water, wind, and fire-based disasters. All of which can require specific steps to ensure safety.
The major natural disasters in Florida are tropical storms, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires, and floods. Below we’ve outlined the steps you can take to prepare for each and tips on what to do during the natural disaster to ensure your safety.
Florida is prone to tropical storms due to its location between the Gulf of Mexico, the Strait of Florida, and the Atlantic Ocean. A tropical storm is a rapidly rotating system of storms that includes strong winds and many thunderstorms, all spiraling around the low-pressure center.
A tornado is more than just strong wind. When a tornado occurs, the wind spirals into a column and becomes very dangerous and violent. It makes contact with the ground and a cloud and moves along the Earth, destroying things in its path.
A hurricane is a massive tropical storm. The wind speed will be over 63 knots and is significantly more violent. The average size is around 500 miles wide and 10 miles high, moving forward fast. It will bring with it extreme winds and rainfall.
The critical aspects of a wildfire are that it is uncontrolled, unpredictable, and occurs unexpectedly. It tends to start in rural areas where there is combustible vegetation but can quickly move towards areas where people live and wreak havoc.
When a flood occurs, land that is usually dry becomes submerged under water from rising tides or large waves, usually from a storm. The water usually moves very fast and can be incredibly dangerous. It can destroy buildings as well as seriously hurt people in its wake.
Floods, severe storms, and power outages—these all rank high on the list of natural disasters and emergencies that affect Florida. The geographic location of Florida makes it enemy number one from mother nature’s perspective, so keeping vigilant and prepared is crucial.
Before any natural disaster, it is crucial to build a survival kit. Stock up on food, clean water, and medications.
Ensure the food is not perishable or fresh—instead, stockpile canned food, cereal, long-life milk, etc. As for the water, given the unpredictability of natural disasters, your regular water supply might get damaged or compromised, so buy bottled water—and lots of it!
Also, aim to have as much of your prescribed medications as possible, as you might not know how long you’ll be affected by the disaster. On top of your prescribed medicine, keep things like painkillers, anti-sickness, anti-diarrhea, etc., just to be safe.
Anytime you move to a place prone to natural disasters (such as Florida), you want to ensure your essential documentation is safe and secure. Put them in a waterproof bag or container, preferably something heavy, so they will have a better chance in strong winds.
Essential documentation includes passports, social security documents, insurance paperwork, medical letters, birth certificates, financial information, etc.
For other information that isn’t important official documentation but is important to you, it’s also wise to back up as much of it as possible on the Cloud. Create a digital backup of baby photos, wedding photos, etc., so you can access it from a computer after the disaster.
A first aid kit is one of the most important things to have prepared. If someone gets hurt, your first aid kit could save their life. The kind of things you’ll need to have are:
Having these items will mean you have help while waiting for the emergency responders. Hopefully, it won’t happen, but it’s good to prepare anyway.
We rely on technology these days, and having access to it can be make-or-break in an emergency. The first thing is to have a portable radio ready, so you can tune into the news to hear information from authorities on what to do.
Besides that, keep your phone charged in preparation for a natural disaster, and try to use it as little as possible.
It’s a good idea to have a small power bank around that you can put in your emergency kit. That way, you have a higher chance of accessing the internet to let people know where you are and access online guidance for disasters and emergencies.
Unfortunately, Florida has natural disasters very regularly. The state had 135 major natural disasters between 1953 and 2019! The most commonly reported disasters were fires and hurricanes, so preparing for them as efficiently as possible is imperative.
The Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 wiped out the area entirely and killed more than 2,500 people. It was so devastating that it’s one of the deadliest hurricanes in recorded history in the North Atlantic Basin and the fourth worst natural disaster in the United States.
Experiencing a natural disaster can be seriously traumatic. The chances of injury are high, and its effect on your mental health will be long-lasting. Your home and possessions will likely have been damaged if not destroyed.
At All Dry USA, we want to make a difference and help. We do damage restoration and repair services, handling everything from water damage repair to mold removal and remediation. Get your home back to its former glory and become your safe space again. That way, you can concentrate on becoming physically and mentally well again without having to worry about your home!
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