Every year, South Floridians start to see the news cycle of the upcoming cycle of storms on their way from the Atlantic. Rather than begin preparing, most tend to wait till the last minute to board up their shutters and hunt for bottles of water. While many South Floridians are accustomed to the constant storms and feel there’s nothing to fear, each hurricane season is unique and can bring devastating storms right through Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. There are many South Floridians that don’t know hurricane season starts as early June 1st. Rather than wait till the last minute before a catastrophic category 4-5 hurricane here are some initial steps you can take to ensure your family is ready for whatever comes.
Stock Up On Supplies
As soon as that first hurricane looks as if it’s heading right for South Florida is the moment all the local stores run out of essentials. Things like batteries, bottled water, and toilet paper are wiped clean as everyone fights to get the last pack. Rather than wait like everyone now, it’s a good idea to get a jump start and begin stockpiling now. While you don’t have to buy everything all at once, it’s a good idea to buy little by little over the next two-three months to be prepared come June. Keep in mind if you’re buying any food in preparation, it should be nonperishable as you may lose power and won’t have the ability to prepare/store it properly.
Plan Your Evacuation Route
Every hurricane season, there are typically 2-3 named storms that get between a high-level category 4 and category 5 hurricane. Storms like that aren’t meant to be tested, as they’ve been proven to cause massive amounts of devastation in their path. Cities have been known to lose power for weeks, and severe flooding can disrupt neighborhoods for days. Should a massive storm be heading directly for South Florida, you must have an evacuation plan in place. Consider that if you make the move when it’s first announced you’ll be able to cruise to your destination. Those who wait till the last minute typically get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours on end. Ensuring that you have the right route and plan in place will guarantee a smooth and safe evacuation away from what’s to come.
Protect Your Home With Hurricane Resistant Impact Glass
Whether you’re staying in your home during the next storm or you evacuate, it’s critical that you protect your home. While many rely on wood panels, traditional shutters, or just some tape on the glass, hurricane-force winds have been known to rip through them all. Most homes built before 2001 in South Florida were not constructed with hurricane-resistant impact glass. It’s crucial to get your homes updated as they offer protection higher than most shutters on the market. Even if you’ve had shutters installed, it’s not a bad idea to double your family’s protection with hurricane-resistant impact glass windows. They offer peace of mind that is sure to put you at ease no matter what mother nature throws your way.
Shopping for the best installer of hurricane-resistant impact glass can be an overwhelming task. With so many brands, types, and sizes, it’s hard to figure out what’s right for you. Thankfully, the team at Window Guys of Florida has your back. Simply contact us today or give us a call at (561) 598-6295 so we can work on getting you your free estimate.