1. Create an Emergency Kit: Assemble a hurricane emergency kit with essentials like water, non-perishable food, medications, flashlights, batteries, and important documents. Local residents should have enough supplies to last at least three days.
  2. Develop a Family Emergency Plan: Discuss evacuation routes and communication plans with your family. Ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go in case of a hurricane.
  3. Stay Informed: Monitor local weather updates from reliable sources. Sign up for alerts from local government websites such as MyFlorida.com to receive real-time information.
  4. Secure Your Property: Protect your home by installing storm shutters, securing outdoor furniture, and trimming trees. Reinforce your roof, doors, and windows to minimize damage.
  5. Know Your Evacuation Zone: Familiarize yourself with the local evacuation routes and zones. This information can be found on county websites and local government portals. Here is the Evacuation Level Lookup application for Sarasota County.