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Hurricane Matthew is slowly advancing up the coast, bringing with it winds in excess of 100 mph and the potential for incredibly powerful storm surge. As Floridians, we hang tough, but know when to get out of harm’s way and let emergency responders do their jobs.
To help you prepare and fall back, and then regroup/recover when it’s safe to return to your homes and places of business, we offer the following key preparedness and recovery links.
Keep this list handy. And please stay safe, everyone.
- Division of Consumer Services Hurricane Matthew Resources
- Tips and resources from BeReadyFlorida website
- Insurance Resources from the office of the Florida CFO
- Disaster preparedness and response links from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)
- Florida Dept. of Health preparedness and response resources
And here are some useful articles and how-to videos from the I.I.I.
Residents of the Tampa Bay area, particularly in parts of Pasco County, experienced the unfortunate impact of flooding last week. Days of rain and a saturated earth around the Anclote River created circumstances that a local newspaper described as a “rinse-and repeat routine.” Parts of neighborhoods have been slogging through water for more than two weeks.
Businesses have suffered too. And, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is asking businesses how the flood affected them by inviting business owners in five affected counties to take an online survey to help the department decide which get immediate aid.
A hurricane by another name is typhoon. And, a massive one hit the Philippines on Nov. 8. Buildings in much of that area are not constructed to withstand high winds. While some Florida homes can take a hit from a strong hurricane, many cannot. It depends on the strength of the storm, where the home is located, how it was constructed and if the homeowner invested in a stronger structure or opted instead for a prettier interior.
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” I don’t know if Dwight D. Eisenhower said that when he was an acting general or as president. Doesn’t matter. In either role, he knew advance planning beat out advance worrying. Planning is productive; worrying is not. So, what’s your plan?
Here’s a question from a poll conducted in 2011 by the Insurance Information Institute: Will the government pay for damage to your home that is not covered in your homeowners policy? Percentage of people who said no: 61%. That’s six percentage points more than the 55 percent who said no in 2010, which means people increasingly understand that the role of the federal government is primarily disaster preparedness and response.