Some figures that might have local emergency managers concerned...according to a recent AAA survey, nearly one in five Floridians say they would not evacuate their homes in a hurricane. And of those who would, 65 percent say they would only leave for a category three or stronger storm.
In fact, the same survey shows that three out of ten Florida residents don't make any advanced preparations for a hurricane.
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AAA also offers these hurricane preparation tips:
Secure Your Home - Inspect your home for minor repairs needed to roof, windows, down spouts, etc. Trim trees or bushes that could cause damage to your home in case of high winds.
Make a Plan - Develop a Family Emergency Plan to include ways to contact each other, alternative meeting locations, and an out-of-town contact person. Identify a safe room or safest areas in your home. Research your evacuation route. Be sure and include plans for your pets.
Take Inventory - Update your Home Inventory quickly by walking through your home with a video camera or smart phone. Keep a record of large purchases including the cost of the item, when purchased and model and serial numbers as available.
Stock Emergency Supplies - Plan for a weeks worth of non-perishable food and water. Be sure and have flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, medications, first aid kit, blankets, toiletries, diapers, etc. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep in your car should you evacuate.
Protect Your Property - Review your homeowners insurance with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate protection. Discuss your deductibles. Be aware that flood insurance in not typically covered under your homeowners policy. Flooding to your automobile is available under the Physical Damage coverage.