Longboat Key, Florida | July 11th, 2017 – Most residents of Longboat Key are already braced for the hurricane season this year which is expected to bring an above-average frequency of severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast a 70 percent chance that 11 to 17 storms and/or hurricanes will visit the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
What has been reassuring for the town is that as early as May, local officials have been consistent in their drill to make everyone in town prepared. Especially so this year that two to four hurricanes with hundred-mile-per-hour winds, NOAA said, are likely to develop out of its forecasted 11–17 storms passing through the Atlantic seaboard in 2017.
Plan Ahead while Weather Is Clear
As of the week leading up to the 4th of July holiday this year, three storms already have already made a landfall on the Atlantic seaboard. The latest of these was tropical storm Cindy which brewed in the Gulf of Mexico and struck Louisiana end-June.
Before another severe weather disturbance forms, local authorities have firmly reminded islanders that it is a must for them to already have a storm preparedness strategy in place. They have likewise stressed that it’s a must to also have a post-hurricane plan to address whatever damage the severe weather disturbance has brought.
Have a Proactive Mindset
Basic to all steps to take is to be proactive not reactive, our officials emphasized. Ensure, for instance, that your house is up to standards and was built with hurricane-resistant doors and windows. Trees and bushes on yards have to be well trimmed so that storm wind can more freely flow through them.
It is also necessary to have an evacuation plan in case it is necessary to move into an officially designated shelter area. An alternative, such as moving to a friend or relative’s house in a safer place in the mainland, should likewise be considered.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
A storm kit has to be ready too for the items needed in emergencies that may occur during the storm. These items include flashlights, batteries, whistle, cooking gas, and battery-operated radio or TV. Be sure also to have a first aid kit, your prescription medicine, insect repellent, sunblock and bleach. Water and foodstuff have also be stocked in preparation of a severe weather that could shut down shops or which could be inaccessible for some time.
Valuables including important documents, such as insurance papers, photos of the interior and exterior of the house, and financial records, have to be secured too and have duplicate digital copies. Have a list too of important contact numbers in case urgent calls for help have to made.
Link with Town Communication Channels
It is also vital for Longboat Key residents to sign up with the town’s website for e-notifications about hurricane status and for advisories from the automated weather warning system Code Red. Possible calls for evacuation are also channeled through these online town communication systems.
The registration to these channels can be facilitated via these links: longboatkey.org/notify.aspx for emergency notifications from the town authorities, and longboatkey.org for the Code Red warning system.
If you are buying or selling a residential property in the town, these Longboat Key website can also provide additional information on the island’s flood zones and local areas exposed to possible storm surges. Call our Kepecz-Hays Team too if you need assistance in a property sale or purchase wherein concerns of flood insurance and related issues need the advice of professional realtors.