official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean
Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) is from June 1 to November 30. The peak of the season
is from mid-August to late October.
Hurricane Preparation Tips
following list includes the most important emergency supplies when preparing for
AM Radio & Batteries *Oil Lamp & Lamp Oil *First Aid Kit
assorted nails * Pliers * Candles & Matches *Masking Tape (2 rolls 2"
tape ) * Flashlights (3) & Batteries * Tarpaulins
*Propane tanks for barbecue
grill or camping stoves.
*Electrical tape (1 roll)
* Bottled Drinking Water *Canned Soups *Vegetables etc.
*Pastas, macaroni *Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix *Powdered Milk *Eggs
Assemble Important Documents -
It is important
that important documents be removed from a home which is to be evacuated. They
should be stored in a safe place. A bank safe deposit box is used by many. Some
folks will use a Sentry type home safe which is fire and water resistant. Important
records include: Homeowners, automobile and boat insurance contracts; Life insurance
policies; Wills, Trusts; Property Deeds, Marriage Certificates, Military Discharge
Certificates, Birth Certificates, etc.
Protect your windows. Permanent
shutters are the best protection.
Availability - If winds are expected to reach category 3 or above, the Water Resources
Superintendent will make a determination if the water needs to be turned off.
Fill your bath tubs and buckets with water for flushing toilets in event water
supply or electricity is turned off.
Tropical Cyclone Names
Hurricane Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Employment Information:
Agency for Workforce Innovation - includes links to information on business
loans and economic development grants, the Disaster Food Stamp Program, National
Emergency Grants, Working in the Disaster Areas, and much more.
Department of Health - fact sheets, guidelines, and other related information
for protecting health during the disaster recovery period on many subjects - water
supply risks, home repair safety tips, mold in buildings, mosquitos and disease,
- from the Florida Division of Emergency Management
Hurricane Resources - updates by county, business owners and job seeker resources
and support, and more - from the state of Florida.
Disaster Area Tax Relief for Florida - specific help for Florida Hurricane
victims, including both individuals and businesses.
Disaster Loss Recovery Kit - A 98-page PDF file containing all the forms you
need to document your loss (including one to get free copies of your previously
filed tax returns), so you can apply for loans and/or grants. [Free
PDF file (Adobe Acrobat) reader browser plugin]
News Journal - moderated forum on the Pensacola News Journal Website
for contractors seeking workers; on 9/26, does not look very well moderated so
be careful of some of these postings. [More
hurricane-related forums from the Pensacola News Journal]
for dislocated workers - if your employer and your job are gone as a result
of the hurricane disaster, you may qualify for retraining.
- Post your need for someone to help you repair your home on this site and people
will "bid" on your "contract" with the lowest bid winning.
Kind of an eBay for
short term needs/employment.