ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwired - September 08, 2015) - The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Red Cross recommend you and your family plan in advance for how you’ll weather a hurricane-related emergency.

In advance of hurricane season:

  • Build an emergency kit
  • Make a family communications plan
  • Know your surroundings and whether your property is flood-prone
  • Identify levees and dams in your area
  • Figure out at least two evacuation routes

To secure your property:

  • Cover the windows in your home (and keep in mind that tape will not prevent a window from breaking)
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten roof to frame structure
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your home to make them more wind resistant
  • Clean rain gutters
  • Reinforce garage doors (if any)
  • Bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything not tied down
  • Secure your boat (if you have one)

Before a hurricane hits:

  • Charge your phone and other portable electronic devices
  • Fill bathtub(s) and other large containers with water
  • Buy a 3-5 day supply of drinking water
  • Buy non-perishable food
  • Have on-hand battery-powered flashlights

During a hurricane:

  • Listen to the radio or television for current information
  • Turn off utilities, if instructed to do so; if not, set refrigerator thermostat to coldest setting and keep refrigerator doors closed
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using phone, unless an emergency (and be sure you’ve fully charged all electronic devices in the event of a power outage)

After a hurricane:

  • Listen to the radio or television for current information
  • Drive only if necessary
  • Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges
  • Stay off streets, but if you must go out, be aware of fallen objects and downed electrical wires
  • Notify power company of any loose, dangling, or downed electrical wires
  • Inspect the outside of your home for damage and loose power lines and gas leaks

Contact Information:

For businesses looking to learn more about FEMA contracts, visit
call 877-252-2700 ext. 1