The first day of June signaled the official start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding Floridians that now is the time to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm.
FEMA is specifically urging Florida families and businesses to write up a communications plan, make a kit of essential items, and generally prepare for the potential impact of such an event by reviewing insurance policies with an insurance agent.
FEMA advises that a preparedness kit should contain such items as bottled water, non-perishable food, a can opener, spare batteries and specialty items such as medical prescriptions, spare eyeglasses and pet food.
To better learn how to prepare for the hurricane season, visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes or www.m.fema.gov.
The agency encourages property owners to review their insurance policies, particularly their flood coverage, as floods are the most common and costly natural disasters in the United States and occur inland as well as on the coast.
It cautions that insurance policies should be viewed as protection against continuing threat, not something to purchase only if flooding appears imminent. In fact, flood insurance policies typically have a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before going into effect, whereas floods can occur at any time.
More information about flood risk and flood insurance options are available by visiting www.floodsmart.gov or calling 1-800-427-2419.
See The Official 2014 Hurricane Survival Guide inside for more information.