President’s Corner – May 2024 – Hurricane Preparedness

Here we go again! Hurricane Season 2024 is almost upon us. And, it is my duty to remind everyone to prepare BEFORE any storms are headed our way. I am always amazed when so many people are rushing around at the last minute getting their supplies when a storm is already on its way. There are so many resources available to you that help you develop your plan and create your checklists. Here is one such resource that is really helpful, especially to those new to Florida: https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/

In the spirit of disaster preparedness and planning, why not save a little money in the process? Each year, Florida offers tax exempt holidays for preparedness supplies. Recently, a second tax-free holiday has been added to the previous one holiday we used to get. For 2024, the two tax-free holidays are: June 1st through the 14th and August 24th through September 6th. During this tax-free holiday, many of the routine preparation items you purchase can be purchased tax-free. So, these holidays are the time to stock up and get ready.

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday List

 

To successfully navigate storm season, planning is imperative. Below are just a few key elements to keep in mind when developing your hurricane plan. For a comprehensive guide to planning, go here: https://www.floridadisaster.org/globalassets/fdem-hurricane-guide-2024.pdf

  • Complete a Personal Assessment
    • Make a list of your personal needs and your resources for meeting them in a disaster environment.
  • Get Educated, Get Informed
    • Know the specific hazards that threaten your community (hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.).
    • Learn about community disaster plans and community warning systems.
    • Learn your community’s evacuation routes.
  • Prepare an Emergency Kit
    • Stock enough supplies to last every individual in your home at least 7 days.
    • Include items for your pets in your emergency kit.
    • Don’t forget to include nonperishable food, water, batteries, and medications.
  • Know Your Home, Know Your Zone
    • Visit FloridaDisaster.org/Know to learn what evacuation zone you live in.
    • Know your home’s ability to withstand hurricane-force winds.
  • Make a Plan for Your Pets
    • Include medications, vet paperwork, collars with ID tags, and sturdy leashes in your kit.
    • Don’t forget to pack your pet’s favorite toys and comfort items.
    • NEVER leave your pets behind.
  • Utilities
    • Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches and valves.
    • Keep any tools you will need near gas and water shut-off valves.
    • Turn off utilities only if you suspect lines are damaged or if local officials instruct you to do so.
  • Safety Devices
    • Be sure you know where your fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially near the bedrooms.
    • Several times a year, test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.
  • Insurance Coverage
    • Check with your insurance agent or carrier to make sure you have the level of coverage you desire.

So, until next time, please remember …“If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.” — Warren W. Wiersbe

Eva M. Rey, President
Central Viera Community Association, Inc.

 

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