As Hurricane Season approaches, we want your property or community to be prepared. ALERT has the hands-on experience and know how to guide the communities we protect BEFORE and AFTER a storm disaster. One of the best modes of preparation includes creating a disaster plan for your community and for your family. A number of resoures are avaiable that can assist in doing this, links to which are below.
Before developing a plan, it is helpful to understand some of the basics in preparation for Hurricane Season. The key to real preparedness is having a viable plan that is laid out, in advance. Take a moment to answer the following questions for yourself. They could save your life and the lives of your family:
Now's the best time to answer these questions – before the next hurricane is 24 hours from landfall and people are lining up to frantically buy storm supplies.
Hurricane season is a part of living in Florida. That means doing three things:
Your first step for storm preparation and storm information should be a visit Florida Disaster.org, a state wide website developed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The goal of the site is to help Floridians plan and prepare for a VARIETY of disasters, but especially for Hurricane Season. An Adobe Acrobat version of the most up to date Severe Weather Awareness Guide is avaiable by clicking here:
An important emphasis of the site is for residents to "Know Your Zone". Knowing your evacuation, storm surge, and flood zone is an important step to ensuring you and your family are prepared for a hurricane.
Floridians can find their local evacuation, storm surge and flood maps on the public mapping page of floridadisaster.org. Maps are also available via the Division's geospatial mapping tool, GATOR, at floridadisaster.org/GATOR.
The site is an invaluable resource and the most comprehensive seen by our management team. It was instrumental in the development of ALERT's Hurricane Action Plan. It is also referenced annually to ensure our plan is up to date and ready to assist your community, its residents and our security officers when the time comes.