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What and how to prepare before a hurricane or major storm

The eye of Hurricane Michael as seen from the International Space Station in October 2018.
The eye of Hurricane Michael as seen from the International Space Station in October 2018.

UPDATE 9/26/2022 11:14 A.M.

Ian is now a hurricane and intensification is expected to continue over the next several days as the storm enters the Gulf and parallels the Florida peninsula. Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency for all of Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian.

Here are our top tips for weathering the storm:

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Florida Division of Emergency Management
So, it’s your first hurricane? Here are our top tips for weathering the storm.

Tropical Depression Nine formed overnight Thursday in the southeastern Caribbean and is predicted to make landfall in Florida as a major hurricane next week, according to meteorologists.

Though the path of the storm could significantly shift, the time to prepare is now.

Start by making an emergency plan for your family or business. Find your evacuation zone and determine your flood risk at FloridaDisaster.org.

Evacuation Zones are designated by letter. Vulnerability may be assumed to increase as the designations go from Tropical Storm Zone to Zone F, with Tropical Storm Zone and Zone A as the most vulnerable.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters on their website if the need to evacuate should arise.

Organize an emergency kit for each member of your family, and don’t forget about pets.

Check-lists & Family Plans: 
Emergency supply check-list
Family emergency blueprint
Create your own family plan
Pet preparations

Preparing Your Home:
FPL guide to hurricane preparedness
Planning your home for emergency weather & disaster

Emergency management officials suggest preparing a gallon of water per person, per day, at least three days of non-perishable food, battery-powered radios, first aid kits, medications, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, and extra cash.

Find a complete checklist of preparedness items at wgcu.org/weather or visit your counties emergency management website.

Don’t forget to stay informed. Keep up to date on major storm activity by downloading the Florida Storms weather app.

WGCU will remain on the air during a serious weather event and issue reminders about any new information as it becomes available.

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