Hurricane Irma September 2017

Florida Hurricane Preparation


Before Hurricane Irma Arrives

  • You should create a family communication plan and build an emergency kit in preparation for Hurricane Irma.
  • Research Florida county evacuation routes and where to find higher ground. Determine how to get there and where you need to go.
    Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. Another option is to board up windows with 5/8″ plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Take plenty of photographs of your personal property before Hurricane Irma makes landfall. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
    Bring in all decorations, garbage cans and outdoor furniture that isn’t tied down.


How To Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Irma

    • Trim or remove damaged trees, branches, and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
    • Secure all downspouts and rain gutters. Be sure to clear debris or clogged drains to prevent water damage.
    • Use a portable generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators
    • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Keep generators at least 30 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture, and DO NOT try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

6 Hours Before The Hurricane Arrives

  • If you choose to stay in your home when Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida, let your friends and family know where you are. Social Media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are perfect venues to keep family and friends up to date on your safety and needs.
  • Stay away from the windows as flying glass from a broken window can injure you.
  • Be sure to close and secure storm shutters.
  • Before you lose power, turn the refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and only open it when necessary. Also make sure your mobile devices are fully charged. This will help food last longer. Use a thermometer to check food temperature when the power has been restored.
  • Have a battery operated TV/Radio ready and check your county or city website every 30 minutes for the latest weather updates and emergency information.
  • Prepare a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.


You Should Evacuate Under The Following Conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so.
  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

After Hurricane Irma September 2017

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid floodwater as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
  • Contact Shiner Law Group to file an insurance claim for property damage such as flooding, roof damage, damages from a neighbors property.

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