In case the week of no sunlight and constant rain wasn’t enough of a sign that hurricane season is officially here – it is. Hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. During this time everyone is urged to have supplies on hand and to be ready just in case an evacuation is necessary. We’ve gotten lucky in the past few years, but if the weather lately is any indication of the impending season then who knows when our luck will run out. Brickell and the beaches are known for their flooding issues and rain from a hurricane is no exception. Most high-rises in Brickell are equipped with generators and all buildings built after 2003 have hurricane-impact glass, but you should still be as prepared as you can get.
We’ve put together some tips that will help you survive this hurricane season:
- Make sure you have plenty of water. The general rule is 1 gallon of water per person, per day. Keep a bunch on hand. Stock up now before a storm comes and stores get crazy. No one wants to stand in line for hours to buy water.
- While you’re at it, start stocking your bar too. You never know how bad it will be or how long you could be without power. A couple of bottles of red wine that doesn’t need to be chilled could be your best friend during those dark times.
- Non Perishable food is crucial. Grab some canned goods and make sure you have a basic can opener ready to go. That fancy electric one you got at William Sonoma isn’t going to help you when the power is out. Have things like crackers and guava paste or peanut butter and jelly in the cabinet for quick snacks. Fresh fruit, nuts, granola bars, and canned tuna are all great options. We like to keep a large jar of Nutella around as well, because you always need dessert.
- Have plenty of batteries on hand – you know for everything lanterns, flashlights, your vibrator – no judgement here, just make sure you’ve got what you need. This might be the time to go through your parents’ garage to find that dusty old battery operated television or radio.
- Don’t forget about your pets! Be completely stocked up on your pet’s food and medicines. Buy them a few special treats and new toys to have around in the event of a storm that frightens them. Many evacuation shelters don’t allow pets, so make sure to have a Plan B for Scruffy!
- Charge all of your electronic devices and your back up batteries. Make sure you have a car charger for your phone available. Worst case scenario you can charge your phone while sitting in the air conditioned comfort of your car if the power goes out.
- Bring in your patio furniture. Remember that anything that’s on your balcony can become a projectile. Be ready to move everything inside. Have some sanitizing wipes handy to wipe them down and figure out where you’re going to store them during the storm.
- Spot a sale at your candle store? Go hard on your favorite candles. If you have to be without power, then your house might as well smell amazing while you’re living by candlelight. This is the perfect time to make that homemade mask you pinned on Pinterest months ago and give yourself a spa treatment. Hello, aroma therapy! Grab that book you keep telling yourself you’ll read. This is your chance.
- Make sure you have renter’s insurance to cover everything that’s inside your home, plus your banking information and passport. Keep those documents and other important things inside a plastic Ziplock bag. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Plan ahead for your car. If the Brickell area gets a significant enough storm, there will be a storm surge to deal with, obviously a threat to some of the buildings with underground parking and any other type of parking lots that flood. If possible try to move your cars to higher ground. Talk to your building management to see what your options are.
Nope, you’re not as drunk as you think you are off those bottles of wine – the building is actually moving. If wind speeds get high enough you may feel your building sway just a tad. The swaying is part of the building design (flexibility is an asset in high winds), even though most new buildings are designed to minimize perceptibility, dampening the motion that residents can feel. Also if things are going bad, you can always go to the inside stairwell to ride out the storm there – just make sure you have a way to get back to your floor and you aren’t locked in.
Scary fact: Wind speeds increase very rapidly just 100-200 feet off the ground. This means the wind speed can easily be a full category above what the wind classification actually is, the higher you are in your building.
Do whatever you have to do to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe this hurricane season. For more tips on how to prepare for a hurricane or where to track them check out the Local 10 Hurricane Guide.