Prepare for the 2023 Hurricane Season Now


The hurricane season has officially started, which means it is time to put preparations in place. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes this season. We are well aware of the devastating impact that these storms can cause and that is why it is crucial to have a disaster plan. While we can never be sure when a storm might stir up, we can be sure that we are ready.

Get Your Home Ready

Take a good look around your home and consider any vulnerable areas in your siding or roof. Have them fixed now to make your home as storm resilient as possible. Remove dead branches from trees and keep shrubbery trimmed. Check for loose screens or flowerpots. If you use shutters, make sure that all pieces are present. Decide now where you can store outdoor furniture during a storm.

Gather Disaster Supplies

The first few weeks in June are a great time to stock up on supplies. Create or update your disaster supply kit, including:

  • Food and water
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kits
  • Personal hygiene products, etc.

Don’t forget supplies for children (such as diapers or formula) and pets (such as food and leashes.) Leave a list in the box for things you may need at the last minute, such as additional medications.

Have Plans in Place

Know the evacuation routes in your area. Talk with your family about where you would go in the event of a hurricane, and where you could meet up if you get separated. FloridaDisaster.org provides multiple resources to keep you updated during a storm. Create an inventory of high-value items, either on video or paper. Speak with your advisor now, before a storm is on the way, about your storm insurance coverage and be sure you are as protected as you can be.

Keep Essentials Accessible

Don’t wait until the lines form to remove some cash from the ATM. Keep some in your disaster kit. Make digital copies of essential documents, such as:

  • Tax returns, wills, trusts, and powers of attorney,
  • birth and marriage certificates, and
  • social security cards.

Keep the originals in a water-proof bag or container. 

At Tobias Financial Advisors, we understand the challenges and uncertainties that come with hurricane seasons. We are committed to being there for you every step of the way, providing guidance and support. From reviewing insurance coverage to assessing the financial impact of potential damages, we work with you to develop a disaster plan based on your current situation. 

Meet with your advisor to ensure that the documents they have are up to date and that you have updated your plan based on current conditions. Learn what the firm’s plans are in the event of a disaster. For instance, we keep our documents in digital format and our team is prepared to work remotely, if necessary.

No one wants to think about the worst-case scenario, but preparing for it leaves you ready to ride out a storm safely and with as little damage as possible.

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