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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.

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


Do you have more questions about preparing your property or securing real estate insurance? Contact a Michael Saunders & Company real estate agent today and we’ll make sure you get the answers you need.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Kathryn Parks