From Hurricanes to King Tides - What to know and do when disaster strikes.

What every seasonal Florida resident needs to know about hurricanes, tropical storms, and floods, & how to prepare.

10/13/20232 min read

beach sand between of body of water
beach sand between of body of water

Whether you're a long-time resident or seasonal resident, understanding the difference between types of storms is critical for preparing for them. The common types of storms that impact the state of Florida include:

Hurricanes -Hurricanes are the most powerful storms on Earth, and they can produce strong winds, heavy rain, and storm surge. Hurricanes can strike Florida at any time during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Tropical storms- Tropical storms are less powerful than hurricanes, but they can still produce strong winds and heavy rain. Tropical storms can also develop into hurricanes, so it is important to take them seriously.

Floods- Floods can occur in Florida due to heavy rain from hurricanes and tropical storms, as well as from thunderstorms and other weather events. Floods can cause damage to homes and businesses, and they can also be dangerous to life.

King Tides - The "king tides" are higher-than-usual tides which typically occur in Florida in the fall, and which can produce local "sunny day" flooding, or flooding which occurs even though there is no rain.

Storm readiness tips for seasonal Florida residents

Here are some tips for seasonal Florida residents to prepare for storms:

  • Have a plan. Know where you will go if you need to evacuate, and have a plan for how you will communicate with family and friends during a storm.

  • Assemble an emergency kit. Your kit should include food, water, first-aid supplies, medications, and other essential items.

  • Secure your home. Trim trees and shrubs, and board up windows and doors.

  • Stay informed. Monitor weather forecasts and follow the instructions of local officials.

Additional tips for seasonal Florida residents

  • Purchase flood insurance. Even if you live in an area that has not flooded in the past, flood insurance is important to protect your home and belongings.

  • Consider buying a storm surge generator. A storm surge generator can provide power to your home if the electrical grid is down.

  • Learn about your community's evacuation plan. Know which routes you will take to evacuate, and where the evacuation shelters are located.

  • Make arrangements for your pets. Many evacuation shelters do not allow pets, so you will need to make arrangements for them to stay with a friend or family member, or at a pet-friendly shelter.

What to do during a storm

If you are in Florida during a storm, here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Follow the instructions of local officials. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Stay indoors in a safe place. If you are in a home, go to the basement or an interior room without windows.

  • If you are in a vehicle, seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid driving through flooded areas.

  • Be aware of the dangers of storm surge and high winds. Stay away from coastal areas and other areas that are prone to flooding.

After the storm

Once the storm has passed, here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Be aware of the dangers of downed power lines and other hazards. Do not touch downed power lines, and be careful when walking around outside.

  • Check your home for damage. If your home has been damaged, call your insurance company.

  • Listen to the instructions of local officials. They will provide information on when it is safe to return to your home and community.

By following these tips, seasonal Florida residents can help to protect themselves and their loved ones.