Hurricane Preparedness

Summer has arrived, but the beach days, sunny skies, and humidity do not come without a price. The state of Florida welcomes hurricane season every year at the beginning of June through the end of November. Gene Norman, CNN meteorologist, predicts that, “The 2021 season should be another above average one.” All things considered, it is imperative that we actively prepare ourselves and our properties to best withstand the potentially life-threatening tempest.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the significance of taking premeditated steps in order to place yourself in a position the farthest away from plight. For yourself, families, and loved ones, the acquisition of non-perishable food, medical supplies and a sufficient water supply should be stored in your home and car. In case of a mandatory evacuation, it is also important to know your escape routes. While the unpredictability of hurricanes is inevitable, your preparedness doesn’t have to be. Stocking up ahead of time on medical, food, and safety supplies can lessen the effects of one of nature’s most savage tropical cyclones.

When building properties, Florida maintains a strict level of building codes to be able to withstand sustained winds up to 170 miles per hour. However, even commercial-sized properties must adequately prepare for these tumultuous wind gusts. Kirsty Kalley, a property administrator at Cohen Commercial, works diligently during hurricane season to help prepare properties for what lies ahead during these four months. “Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of storms, including knowing the difference between the different threat levels to plan accordingly. Have your property management contact details readily available to report any issues after a storm and to confirm it is safe to access your space,” she advises.

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