It is the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season and this post serves as a reminder that we take hurricanes and tropical storms seriously here in Boca Raton and South Florida. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the peak period from early August through the end of October.
Included in this post are links to the city and the county to help you stay connected and to plan accordingly.
Don’t forget to be neighborly folks… in a hurricane, everyone is under stress. Check on neighbors on each side of you before and after the storm. If there are any senior citizens in your neighborhood please check on them to make sure they are okay.
Know who your point person is in your community, condo and neighborhood.
Sign up for Code Red to receive emergency alerts for City residents from the City of Boca Raton.
Sign up for AlertPBC to receive Palm Beach County alerts that include Boca Raton alerts and other cities you choose.
Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle public safety alerts from the Boca Raton Police Department. Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments & schools.
This is a great time to join Nextdoor to stay in touch with and get updates in your neighbors and surrounding communities.
Official Hurricane News & Information Center is an active group on Facebook you can check out and join.
Pet Tips and Disaster Preparedness Information and Tips with Ready.Gov
Report price gouging at the State of Florida Price Gouging Hotline
In the event of a hurricane or serious emergency, the City’s communication team will keep you updated with public safety alerts. Messaging may include information about city services, available resources and evacuations.
The Citizen’s Information Center (CIC) Boca Raton
In the event of a hurricane, residents are encouraged to stay tuned to the local media for information regarding evacuations, shelters, and storm information. During an emergency, residents can obtain further information by listening to the City of Boca Raton’s radio station, AM 1650, or by watching the City’s TV channel, Ch 20. The City’s Citizen Information Center (CIC) is activated during storm events and can be contacted at 561-982-4900 for storm related information.
Courtesy: City of Boca Raton Website
Plan and Prepare
You should always have a plan in place during hurricane season so you can be prepared and to receive important emergency information.
As part of a hurricane preparedness kit, here are several tips that homeowners and renters can take before a hurricane strikes:
1. Have a basic emergency kit, which includes battery-powered radios, flashlights, water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit and prescription medications, portable phone batteries (charged) and extra cords. As much as I use Amazon to shop do not rely on them for all your supplies (my Hurricane Irma experience) so make sure you get what you need before a storm or stock up well ahead of any impending storm.
2. Keep a written list in a plastic bag of important phone numbers. This can include numbers of family members in other states, local emergency management and shelters, hospitals, your homeowner’s insurance rep. or for renters, the landlord or property manager.
3. From very early on, homeowners should verify their property insurance to see how much coverage they have, and if necessary, increase coverage especially for personal property. Renters should obtain renters insurance on their personal belongings.
4. Know your evacuation route, have alternative living arrangements and keep your car fueled should an evacuation be necessary. Storing extra cans of gasoline in a safe place is also a plus.
5. Homeowners should make sure that there are storm shutters to cover all windows and sliding glass doors. If you cannot install them, make sure you have someone lined up early who can complete the installation.
6. Renters should review their lease to verify who is responsible for installing storm shutters. If you are responsible for the installation of the shutters, make sure you know where they are located and verify that there are sufficient shutters to cover all glass windows and doors.
7. Have surge protectors on all major appliances, televisions, computers and other major electronic equipment. Also, generators are excellent for diminishing the damage that can result from abrupt power outages.
8. Secure or remove potential wind-borne objects around the home such as garbage cans, barbecue grills, yard furniture and kids’ outdoor toys.
9. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
10. Determine how and where to secure your boat, RV, and additional vehicles.
PAGE INFO PROVIDED BY TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS IN SUPPORT OF THE REALTORS OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY 2016
This is for information purposes only. Please rely on city, county, state and federal information on official websites for any hurricane related updates.