It’s official, hurricane season in Florida has arrived. It starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Having lived in Florida for years, hurricane season is always a stressful time for everyone. Let’s face it, it’s not fun and if you live in a flood zone, it’s even worse. Florida is a great state to travel, explore and vacation to, however If you are traveling anywhere in the state during hurricane season, please consider these safety travel tips.
11 ways to prepare for Florida Hurricane. Here are a few safety travel tips to remember while traveling to Florida during Hurricane Season. During these months, the tourism is low. The news media does a really good job about warning us Floridians in advance.
- Be Prepared: If you have never traveled to Florida during hurricane season, then you are in for some rough weather. Being a peninsula, Florida is surrounded by water. That means, that we get hit on each side. The areas most affected by hurricanes are The Keys, Gulf Coast and the East Coast. However, sometimes the path of the hurricane changes and targets others areas of the state.
- Florida Airports: Airports can be affected in the event of a hurricane and will close depending on how severe the weather is.
- Florida Bridges: Many bridges also close if the wind speed gets to a certain level. Check your local ordinances on this.
- Hurricane & Travel Insurance: Make sure that your resort is covered under the insurance if it’s damaged. If the storm directly impacts your location, ensure that you are covered under the Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption Policy.
- Stay Informed: Pay attention to the news, read the newspaper or use your phone to stay updated on hurricane warnings and keep a car charger for your mobile phone handy at all times.
- Carry Cash: Make sure that you have cash with you at all times. ATM’s may be out of service.
- Gas Up: If you are driving in Florida, make sure to fill up your tank. Depending on how severe the storm is, gas stations could potentially run out of gas.
- Evacuate: If you are asked to evacuate, please do it and know your evacuation routes. Keep in mind that these roads will be heavy with traffic if you evacuate last minute and I mean bumper to bumper crawling along!
- Carry Important Documents: Keep track of your important travel documents and identification.
- Medications & Prescriptions: Make sure you carry enough medication. Drug stores may be closed.
- Water & Food Supplies: For those road tripping through Florida, make sure that you have enough of water and food supplies to last you for at least 5 days. Keep a flashlight handy and a supply of batteries.
Have you experienced a hurricane while traveling through Florida? How did you prepare yourself? I would like to hear your comments below.
If you live in Florida, make sure you check out 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Guide
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie
[contact-form subject='[Ruthie%26#039;s Routes’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]