Must Dos to Accomplish Early on in the Rainy Season will Help You be Ready for a Storm in Polk County
June means the start of the rainy season in Central Florida and with it being National Safety Month, Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT is ready to offer tips on how to be prepared for severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and yes, even the occasional tornado.
First, Secure your Home and the Things Around It
If you’ve lived in the Four Corners area of Central Florida for at least one summer, than you know how quickly a bad storm can roll in, so it’s important for those items that stay outside to be secured. It may be a good idea to make them sort of permanent, too. Take garbage pails, for example. It wouldn’t take too much wind to make those become airborne when empty and certainly they can damage anything when they land.
Consider cleaning out the gutters on your roof, as well as storm drains to reduce the possibility of flooding. Be prepared for the possibility that trees could be blown down, or worse, power lines. Keep trees trimmed, the fewer the branches, the fewer the problems.
Stay inside when a severe storm in Davenport or the surrounding area hits. Only six inches of running water can knock an adult off his or her feet. And when inside, have flashlights (make sure the batteries are new), a portable radio, and maybe even supply the home with a generator because there are storms that could knock out the power for weeks.
Supplies to have readily available before a Storm in Polk County
Get cash. In this day when many rely on the fact they have debit cards, in a storm situation, the common rules change. Machines may not be filled up, there could be lines, the electricity could be out and people are then left without having a way to getting things that cost money.
When considering food, make sure you have enough water and three days of supplies. And make communication plans with family and friends who are not with you or be vigilant, make and write down a plan and distribute it to those you know. If cellular communications go down, it will offer some peace of mind to relatives and friends not living in Central Florida to know where you would go if they can’t get a hold of you and you have to evacuate.
Supply yourself with First Aid medication and for those who need tips on emergency kits, one is available at the Polk County web site. You can also find out more about the Polk County evacuation policy and available emergency shelters here.
Last, but not least, keep on hand important numbers, both emergency and personal. Some are available at the Emergency Management link at the Polk County web site.
The rainy season in Central Florida lasts until Nov. 1 so there is no better time than now to get these items and a plan together. A little planning can go a long way in preventing possible dangers to you and your loved ones during a storm!
Should you be concerned about making sure your car is in order before a storm hits Central Florida, make sure to stop by our Service department or schedule an appointment with any of Five Star team members!