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The 2022 Hurricane Season is 2 Months Away - Here's a Quick Checklist

The 2022 hurricane season is only two months away, which means now is the time to start planning and preparing for it before it’s too late. South Florida is a great place to live, but it means living with the potential threat of hurricanes for nearly half the year. In fact, Florida has averaged at least one tropical storm or hurricane every year since data started being recorded in 1851. This makes it essential that you prepare ahead of time so that you’re ready for anything that could happen if a hurricane does hit.

Make an Evacuation Plan

The very first thing you should do is make an evacuation plan in case you need to leave at short notice. This means either making sure you know where the nearest shelter is and planning out all possible routes for getting there or otherwise coming up with a plan of where you’ll stay if you’re forced to evacuate. If you have pets, you’ll also need to make sure that you have a place for them to go or find a pet-friendly hotel or other place where they can stay with you.

You should also make sure to collect all of your important documents and personal items in one place in case you need to leave immediately. It’s also a good idea to have every member of the family pack a small bag with clothing and other essentials for the same reason.

Stock Up on Food, Water, Medicine and Other Essentials

It is always important to have a stock of bottled water, non-perishable food, medicine and any other essentials in case a hurricane hits and you’re stuck at home or without power. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that you have at least a week’s worth of supplies for every member of the family. The last thing you want to do is have to go out scrounging for supplies with a hurricane bearing down on you, which is why you should always stock up well in advance of hurricane season.

Ensure You Have a Backup Power Source and Lighting

When stocking up, you need to make sure you have at least a few good flashlights or other light sources as well as plenty of batteries. You should also consider investing in a hurricane generator in case of a power outage. A backup generator that runs off of gasoline or diesel is one option, but this requires storing a huge amount of fuel and will usually only allow you to power a few devices or appliances. A better option is a Generac generator or other standby hurricane generator. These units run off of natural gas or propane and are connected directly to your home’s electricity grid so that you can keep your lights, air conditioning, refrigerator and other appliances running even if the hurricane causes the power to go out.

If you’re considering a residential standby generator for your home, Assurance Power Systems is here to help. We are a Generac generator dealer, and we can help you choose the right size and type of unit for your home. Our team can also help with any of your generator maintenance or repair needs to ensure you’re fully prepared for hurricane season.

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