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Plan and Prepare for Hurricane Season

By Jeff Johnson, State Director of AARP Florida

You don’t have to live in Florida very long in order to know that hurricane season is a big deal. As we delve into the summer of 2024, it’s imperative that we gear up for the challenges that lie ahead. Initial predictions by national experts foresee a potentially record year in terms of named storms, which makes it all the more important to be prepared.

Storm preparations are not merely a matter of convenience but a cornerstone of resilience. For years, longtimers have known to prepare both a “Stay Kit” and a “Go Kit” as hurricane season looms. These kits, stocked with essentials like alcohol-based sanitizing wipes, masks, bleach, and rubber gloves, serve as our lifelines in times of crisis. With a little foresight and planning, we empower ourselves to weather any storm that comes our way.

But preparedness extends beyond the confines of our homes. It’s about understanding our surroundings and AARP bannerknowing our vulnerabilities. Do you know if you reside in an evacuation zone or a flood-prone area? Tools like the “Know Your Zone, Know Your Home” site provide us with invaluable insights into our geographical risks, enabling us to take proactive measures to safeguard our homes and loved ones.

Education is key to resilience. I urge each of you to download the Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Adults Age 50+ provided by AARP, available in both English and Spanish. This comprehensive guide equips us with the knowledge and resources necessary to navigate the complexities of disaster preparedness with confidence and clarity.

Navigating the aftermath of a storm can be daunting, and recovery can feel like an uphill battle. However, we’re not alone in this journey. Organizations like the American Red Cross stand ready to offer assistance and support to those in need.

Post storm, communities can find themselves in a vulnerable position. When seeking contractors for repairs or debris removal, exercise caution and vigilance. Verify references, refrain from upfront payments, and consult with your insurer for trusted recommendations. Let’s stand together in solidarity against fraudulent practices and price gouging, ensuring that justice prevails even in the face of adversity. Learn more about how to spot a scam from AARP’s Fraud Watch Network.

Remember, our strength lies in our unity and preparedness. By arming ourselves with knowledge, resources and resilience, we can overcome any challenge that comes our way. Together, let’s navigate the storms of life with unwavering determination and unwavering resolve.

Stay safe, stay vigilant, and let’s weather the storms ahead, together.

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