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Don't Fear Hurricane Season In Fort Lauderdale - Be Smart Be Prepared

Jun 13, 2008
While hurricanes can indeed be very dangerous, you can increase the protection for your home and your family protection by simply being prepared. Some prospective home buyers shy away from South Florida because of the threat of hurricanes but that fear is really unwarranted.

While many here in the Fort Lauderdale real estate area seem to take this season for granted we really don't. We are used to the preparations that are needed that those new to the are not.

In order to enjoy the summer months here in South Florida make an effort to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm. Florida Power & Light, the major electrical utility in the Fort Lauderdale real estate area has taken great strides in increasing preparation and awareness of tropical activity.

Here are some of the tips and information for preparing for hurricanes in the Fort Lauderdale real estate area:

1. Have a battery-operated radio and a two-week supply of fresh batteries

2. Stock up on non-perishable foods, medications, baby supplies and pet food

3. Purchase bottled water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.

4.Check emergency equipment: flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc.

5. Trim trees that are not near power lines and clear debris. Once a hurricane warning is announced, trash pickup is suspended.

6. This is a good time to check hurricane protection around your property (shutters, plywood, protection systems)

7. Make sure your car's gas tanks are full.

8. Review the evacuation zones map to have a plan before a storm hits your area.

9. Make sure your cell phones are fully charged and it's a good idea to have a back-up battery and a car charger as well.

10. Have the numbers handy that you are going to need like the City of Fort Lauderdale or municipal numbers of reference. The FPL number to call if you loose power after a storm is 1-800-4OUTAGE - make sure you keep a copy of your power bill handy to have account numbers when you call.

Remember that these items are the first to go when a storm is announced - make sure you stock up now and rest easy later.

Hurricanes may not require evacuation and can be ridden out if you are prepared. You can't beat the beach in the summer and hurricanes are just one of the negatives we have to deal with. But it sure beats the snow!
About the Author
Hi, my name is Robin Sing-Cunningham. I am a real estate agent serving Broward County, Florida. I live in Fort Lauderdale and I specialize in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate.

You can reach me at my Fort Lauderdale Real EstateBlog.
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