Hurricane Season Prep 2022: Get Started Early
The year may have just started, but make no mistake: hurricane season is quickly approaching. Starting January 1st, South Floridians must prepare to tackle the new Hurricane Season all the way through November 30th. The oncoming potential onslaught of the minor tropical depression to the highly devastating Category 5 should be more than enough reason for homeowners to start their hurricane season prep as soon as possible. With only a few months remaining before it kicks off there’s a few things to check off to ensure peace of mind and safety for you and your loved ones.
Know The Difference
When you think of “Hurricane Season” the first thing that comes to mind is “hurricanes”. The fact is that there’s multiple stages of a hurricane’s development, all of which are dangerous in their own right. You should be aware of the different types of Atlantic storms that can make their way towards South Florida:
- Tropical Disturbance: loosely packed rain clouds, maintains its structure for more than 24 hours straight. Wind speeds upwards of 23 miles per hour.
- Tropical Depression: The next stage up from a tropical depression. Wind speeds range from between 23 to 38 miles per hour.
- Tropical Storm: Tropical depression that continues to sustain itself, with wind speeds ranging from 39 miles per hour to 73 miles per hour.
- Hurricane: A tropical storm becomes a hurricane the moment it reaches 74 miles per hour. Hurricanes evolve further as they reach certain wind speeds.
- Category 1: wind speeds of 74 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour
- Category 2: wind speeds of 96 miles per hour to 110 miles per hour
- Category 3: wind speeds of 111 miles per hour to 129 miles per hour
- Category 4: wind speeds of 130 miles per hour to 156 miles per hour
- Category 5: wind speeds of 157+ miles per hour
Make no mistake in your hurricane season prep: any of these storms can cause significant damage to your home if not treated seriously.
Additionally: as tropical storms and hurricanes make their way towards the coasts of South Florida, there’s two key notifications you should be aware of: “Watch” and “Warning”. A tropical storm/hurricane watch means that residents should be actively preparing to protect themselves and their home, or evacuate depending on the severity of the storm, as tropical storm/hurricane conditions are expected in your area. A tropical storm/hurricane watch means that the tropical storm and hurricane conditions are possible in your area.
Have An Evacuation Plan Prepared
If you reside in South Florida you should have a hurricane evacuation plan prepared well in advance. Typically, local and state level government bodies of Florida will provide evacuation notices and routes as it becomes clear that the storm will be making its way through South Florida. At this point, traffic will be heavily backed up through major highways as most residents make their way out of danger. By having a route planned in advance, you and your family can navigate this highly stressful situation calmly and efficiently. Make sure to take any pets and family members that don’t live in your home into account as well.
Have Emergency Supplies and Non Perishable Foods Readily Available
Whether you end up staying in your home or evacuating, you should have emergency supplies and non perishable food items readily available. Heavy winds tend to knock power lines over, leaving you without power for anywhere between a day and two weeks as workers make their way past downed trees and other debris. In this time, you’ll have no power to your cooking appliances, televisions, internet, etc. Perishable food items will go bad as well. Access to hospitals will be limited since ambulances won’t be able to reach you as soon as possible.
You should have stores of non-perishable foods to sustain your family during down time, a three day supply of water per person in your home (one gallon of water a day per person), as well as an emergency first aid kit available in the unforeseen event of an injury. Other items to have readily available include:
- Extra batteries
- Materials for emergency home repairs
- Basic tools
- Generator (for outdoor use ONLY)
- Prescription Drugs
Get Hurricane Windows Installed
During your hurricane season prep, you should focus on upgrading your windows. One of the major weak spots of any home is its windows, capable of being destroyed by thrown objects or intruders rather easily. All windows come with a Design Pressure (DP) rating, with standard windows being anywhere between DP 15-50. A DP 15 window will shatter around 77 miles per hour, or just north of a tropical storm and a weak category one hurricane. Thus homeowners are strongly advised to protect their windows during any major storm. While you could elect for plywood or aluminum shutters, neither offer the sheer protection that hurricane windows do. Rated to sustain upwards of 160 miles per hour, hurricane windows are capable of sustaining against whatever Mother Nature throws its way. Make no mistake: your South Florida should have hurricane windows installed. They offer a variety of benefits designed to protect your home and boost its property value in the long run.
This year, make sure you get on the ball early and jump on your hurricane season prep now before the season is upon us. Thankfully, you can count on Armored Impact Windows to outfit your home with impact windows. We’ve worked with countless homeowners across South Florida, and we can assist you too. Contact us today online or visit one of our showrooms in Palm Beach County and Broward County to see our available options!