– Tampa Storm Preparedness Events and Tips –
Florida homeowners around Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties are preparing for potential storms and hurricanes this summer. With the right education and preparation, you may find peace of mind in knowing that you, your family, and your home are ready to weather the storm. Here are some quick tips and resources for Tampa Bay area homeowners.
Information and Educational Events 2019
- Know your risks and have proper insurance for your designated flood zone. Get acquainted with the new systems designating high-risk and low-risk zones. Visit your local county websites for public safety resources, flood maps, and zoning information.
- Review the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov.
- Search the web and television listings for videos and specials on hurricane preparedness. Several of the local television news networks will air specials to help the Greater Tampa Bay area prepare. StormTeam8, ABC Action News, 10News, FOX13, and BayNews9 are all good resources.
- Check local listings for local seminars to attend. For example, a Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be held at Largo Public Library on June 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Check your local community centers, libraries, and neighborhood associations for helpful events.
- Remember that businesses need to prepare. Several local business associations will be offering educational seminars, such as a Disaster Preparedness/Recovery for Small Business Owners in St. Petersburg on June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast Briefing and Hurricane Prep Talk on June 13, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. with a panel of experts for business preparedness.
Homeowner Tips for Hurricane Preparedness
- Create a plan for both evacuating and protecting your home. See FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration websites for actions to take to avoid high-cost damage.
- Create a disaster kit including food, water, medications, supplies, batteries, and cash.
- Ensure fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, flashlights, and generators are working properly.
- Install hurricane straps, anchor sheds, and stowaway outdoor furniture, grills, etc.
- Eliminate hazards like wind chimes and other items that could become windborne objects.
- Make sure trees are properly trimmed. Have a professional remove any dead limbs.
- Have a professional evaluate your roof and consider installing storm shutters, impact windows, or garage-door reinforcements to strengthen and protect your home.