Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2022 From Jeanine Corcoran’s Personal Experience
Welcome to the 22nd episode of Discover Harmony Florida. This week’s podcast focuses on making sure you are prepared for hurricane season. Kristin started off the podcast by announcing it is the beginning of hurricane season. She said the first hurricane of the year has been named “Alex”. Jeanine added that they name the storms in alphabetical order throughout each hurricane season.
Jeanine and Kristin were discussing the fact that Florida now has a lot of transplants and these new people to the state aren’t aware of all the things that one should be as we enter the storm season. So, they wanted to provide some tips to help keep people safe.
All of the disaster websites and kits include a list of all the links you need to include in your hurricane kit. For example, the website FloridaDisaster.org is specifically for Florida and has a checklist for hurricane season.
Jeanine stated that she can talk from experience as she has lived in Florida since 1987. Usually in Central Florida schools will be let out for a predicted hurricane day and it typically ends up being a beautiful day and so you head to the beach. This is Jeanine's usual experience since 1987.
What Hurricane Preparedness Websites Are Missing
However, in 2004 we ended up having 4 hurricanes in a row in a span of 6 weeks. Jeanine said from her experience there are a lot of things that are not on those hurricane preparedness lists that one would need going through hurricane season. She and Kristin wanted to share their list with everything in Harmony Florida.
Kristin started the list by first mentioning for those taking medication to have on hand at least a two-week supply. Next was making sure you have all your medical devices in good working order and any batteries needed for those devices. Flashlights are a must. Having a weather radio on hand is a good idea and of course, bottled water.
Jeanine said when a hurricane hits, cell phone towers are down and that means cell phones will not work. Kristin then said make sure you have all your pet stuff ready to go in the case of a storm that shuts things down for a bit.
Kristin stated that they had no power for weeks back in 2004 when all those hurricanes hit Florida. She remembers taking a lot of cold showers. Luckily, they were not on a well because when there is no power, there is no water.
The Four Hurricanes Of 2004 That Hit Central Florida And What We Learned
Jeanine asked Kristin if she remembered the names of the 4 hurricanes. Kristin started with “Charlie” and Jeanine added that Charlie was the worst of the 4 hurricanes and knocked down all the trees. Charlie was a category 4 and moved so fast it was crazy.
Kristin said they were not prepared because everyone thought that it wouldn’t reach Central Florida and basically would end up being a lot of rain. She continued that on the heels of Charlie and being without power for a few weeks along comes Hurricane Francis. Hurricane Ivan hit the panhandle area. Finally, there was hurricane Jean to wrap up the four that hit us in 2004.
She said that was a tough year for Central Floridians in terms of power loss, and property damage and as a result, everyone had hurricane fatigue. Kristin stated she believes it gave a lot of people anxiety over the next few years.
Jeanine said it took us a while to get over it but as a result, we learned a lot from it. One of the things that Jeanine learned was having “hurricane shutters” didn’t work for her. It left your home completely dark with no power and no air and that didn’t make sense to her.
Jeanine’s Personal Hurricane Preparedness Plan
So, after the first hurricane in 2004, they came up with a plan. She went and got heavy-duty tarps and nails and of course a hammer. If you wait and try and go right before the storm hits, it’s too late and the stores will be out of tarps and nails.
Also, have heavy-duty shower curtains to replace putting duct tape on your windows. The duct tape is for a precaution so if your window shatters, the glass won’t go everywhere. The heavy-duty shower curtains do the same thing using staples and you don’t have to worry about getting the melted tape off your windows.
That was the preparedness part and now Kristin wanted to shift gears to the comfort part. When those hurricanes hit in 2004, Kristin was 6 months pregnant, and it was in the middle of the summer on August 13th when the first storm hit. One of the things she learned was to have cash on hand. When the power is out, they can’t process credit cards and you need cash to buy everyday things that you need.
Jeanine was reflecting on having to make instant coffee during that time because again, the power was out, and the normal routine is out the window. So, if you are a coffee drinker, you might want to have some instant coffee on hand.
Hurricane Season In Florida Goes From June To The End Of November
Kristin was saying during those horrendous four hurricanes that if she had a personal fan that really would have helped her and made her feel better. Being 6 months pregnant in that heat is not fun, a little personal fan would have helped.
Jeanine said the official hurricane season goes from June 1st to November 30th. She stated that these storms only happen during the hot months. So, take the time and prepare and check all the essential things off on your list so you don’t have to stress and worry when a storm or hurricane does hit.
We hope you enjoyed the hurricane preparedness checklist 2022 that Jeanine and Kristin went over for Harmony Florida residents. If there are other topics you would like us to cover regarding Harmony, please comment below the video and we will do our best to address it on one of our upcoming podcasts. View the original video source.