Property managers in Naples know that like spectacular sunsets and warm weather, hurricanes are part of life in the Sunshine State. If you’ve recently moved to Florida, you may have questions about what to do during this time of year. You’ve probably seen photos and videos of the destruction major hurricanes make and want to avoid dealing with that devastation.
Tropical Systems Basics
Tropical systems include tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. They spin in a counter-clockwise direction around a center of low pressure and are categorized by wind speed.
- Tropical depression: winds up to 38 mph
- Tropical storm: winds between 39 and 73 mph
- Hurricane: winds greater than 74 mph
- Major hurricane: winds greater than 111 mph
What You Need to Know About Hurricane Season
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, but tropical systems can appear as early as May or as late as December. September, though, is usually the busiest month. Despite this, fewer than half of the storms that develop each year make landfall in Florida. The ones that do are usually no worse than the summer thunderstorms that pop up every afternoon.
How to Survive Your First Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is unpredictable. There’s no way to know for sure how many storms will make landfall in any given year and how many of them will be major storms. The best thing you can do is prepare for potential storms.
- Put together a hurricane survival kit. This kit should include enough non-perishable food and water to feed and hydrate each member of your family for three days. This includes your pets. You also need to toss in important papers, flashlights with batteries and a battery powered radio. Keep everything in a waterproof container that you can carry.
- Review your renter’s insurance policy to verify your coverage. Make sure you’ve paid the premium and find out how to file a claim if your personal property gets damaged in the storm.
- Know your risk. Meteorologists like to talk about the storm’s wind speed, but its the storm surge causes the most damage when a tropical system makes landfall. Flooding can be a problem for everyone in southwest Florida, especially those in low lying areas with poor drainage.
- Follow instructions. Public officials in Florida take hurricanes seriously. If they tell you to evacuate you need to get out as soon as possible. You can stay in a public shelter, rent a hotel room or drive away from the immediate area. Staying can put your life at risk and leave you stranded until the roads clear.
You can survive your first hurricane season in Florida with a little knowledge of tropical systems and some practical preparation. For help finding a place to call home in southwest Florida, call Woodruff Property Management. Put our team of professional property managers in Naples to work for you.