Hurricane season has officially started this month. It is time to prepare, if you haven’t already!
Taking time to prepare early will save you stress and time. Here are a few tips to remember when it comes to staying safe during hurricane season:
Planning for an Emergency: Ensure your family knows where supplies are around the household, as well as where your family will meet in case you are evacuated or separated. Keep in mind that CDC guidance on COVID-19 may affect your hurricane planning. Complete a family communication plan.
Get your Supplies Now: This is the last weekend to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday which allows certain essential items to be tax-exempt. Find out more information about the Sales Tax Holiday and the items that qualify. Make sure to stock up on enough food, water, and other supplies for every member of your family to last at least 72 hours. This includes supplies for pets, seniors, and prescription medications.
Landscaping and Debris: During high-winds, debris can become airborne and cause injury to people and damage to property. Please don’t start any new projects and complete your yard work and tree-trimming projects well before any storm.
Insurance Coverage: Review your policy. Ensure you are adequately covered and understand exclusions. Contact your agent with any questions.
Special Needs Shelters: You must register with Palm Beach County in advance. Please call (561) 712-6400 (TTY 561-712-6342).
Make sure to stay up-to-date on weather conditions and forecasts for your area. The sooner you are aware of inclement weather, the more time you will have to prepare. For more resources regarding hurricane readiness, visit Palm Beach County’s Public Safety – Emergency Management page
Michelle Oyola McGovern
Candidate for Palm Beach County Commission, District 6