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How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season on Florida’s Gulf Coast begins June 1 and ends November 30. According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, peak hurricane season occurs between August and October. That leaves plenty of time to get a plan in place and begin building your hurricane checklist. The key is not waiting until the last minute when supplies and store shelves are empty. In fact, much of what you need can be purchased well in advance and online!

Be sure to stock up on supplies like bottled water, non-perishable food items, and a first-aid kit. The below list is a helpful reference for many of the recommended supplies.

We’ve also identified the ultimate hurricane preparation guide courtesy Sarasota-Herald Tribune with key facts for hurricane preparation in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties. The guide includes what items to take with you to a hurricane shelter; steps you should take to protect your pets; protecting your boat, pool, or home; reviewing insurance coverage; evacuation shelters in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties; how to assess damage after a storm; and much more. Our insurance partners BKS Insurance also have a very helpful site with hurricane resources and information.

We also recommend reading through each county’s official hurricane preparedness page with evacuation routes and relevant resources.

Manatee County Emergency Management

Sarasota County Hurricane Preparedness 

Charlotte County Emergency Management

 

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

The State of Florida (State Emergency Response Team) | FloridaDisaster.org

Power Company Contact Information

  • Florida Power and Light Hotline: 1(800) 4-OUTAGE 468.8243, or fpl.com
  • Peace River Electric Cooperative Inc. in Manatee County: 1 (877) 282-3656 or preco.coop
  • Progress Energy: 1(800) 228-8485
  • TECO: 1(888) 223-0800
  • Talquin Electric Company: 1(800) 662-3053

Hotlines for Financial and Recovery Assistance

  • FEMA Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1(800) 621-FEMA or 1(800) 621-3362 or fema.gov
  • Florida Department of Financial Services: 1(877) MY-FL-CFO or 1(877) 693-5236 or fldfs.com
  • Unemployment Compensation Claims: 1(800) 204-2418
  • Also the Website for Employment/Unemployment questions is floridajobs.org
  • To verify contractor licensure please visit: myfloridalicense.com or call 1(850) 487-1395
  • To report unlicensed activity please call: 1(866) 532-1440
  • To report price gouging call: 1(800) 646-0444 or 1(800) 435-7352 or visit MyFlorida.com to register a complaint online.
  • Disaster Contractors Network: dcnonline.org

Insurance Numbers

  • AIG Insurance Co. Disaster Claims-personal: (877) 399-6442, business: (888)244-6163
  • Allstate Insurance Co. Disaster Claims: (800) 547-8676
  • Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. Disaster Claims-personal: 1(800) 243-5860, business: (800) 327-3636
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Disaster Claims: (800) 526-1547
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Disaster Claims: (800) 421-3535
  • State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. Disaster Claims: (800) 732-5246
  • USAA Insurance Claims: (800) 531-8222
  • For questions about insurance or financial assistance, please call the Department of Financial Services Hurricane Assistance Line: 1(800) 22-STORM (227-8676)

Additional Hotlines

  • Florida Volunteer and Donation Hotline: 1(800) FL-HELP1 or 1(800)354-3571

Radio/TV Stations

  • NOAA Weather Radio
    • FREQ 162.40 MHz
    • FIPS code 012115
  • AM Stations
    • WLSS 930, or WDDV 1320, or WBRD 1420
  • FM Stations
    • WLTQ 92.1, or WHPT 102.5, or WTZB 105.9, or WCTQ 106.5, or WSRZ 107.9
  • TV Audio Frequencies
    • WFLA (Channel 8) 185.75 MHz, or WTSP (Channel 10) 197.75 MHZ, or WINK (Channel 13) 215.74 MHz,
    • WFTS (Channel 28) 559.75 MHz, or WWSB (Channel 40) 631.75 MHz, or WVEA (Channel 62) 763.75MHz

 

We always recommend you tune into your local meteorologist to discover how a storm may be affecting you.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Kathryn Parks

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