#ThankYouMiami How-To: Preparing For A Storm

We recently talked to our mom about her first experience with a tropical storm in Florida. It was September 1999 and she had just moved from Mexico City to Delray Beach with one teenager and two six-year-olds only two months prior. To make matters worse, our dad was away on a business trip so she was all alone in her new country. As a new arrival to Florida, mamá had absolutely no knowledge that you need to prepare for a tropical storm, much less how to execute a preparedness plan. We can only imagine how overwhelming it was when she finally realized she needed supplies and she arrived at Publix the day before the storm to find it sacked of the essentials. She recalls feeling complete panic, especially when she asked for advice and the sales associate told her to evacuate.

If you're like mamá, new to the area and completely clueless about the storm routine, don't panic. The whole situation only seems overwhelming because it is an unknown to you, because you don't know what to expect. The key is to learn what to expect and to prepare. This page provides the basics on hurricane season (the what, where, and when) and is a great place to start. You can use your newfound knowledge and this page on how to create a family emergency plan to outline a process that works for you and your family. The best part about the latter is that it gives you tips depending on your needs, including parents information for students on college campuses, for families with infants and children, for individuals with disabilities, and people with pets. We've included a short video below, that is even accessible to people with disabilities, summarizing the type of information you need and should keep an eye out for on these pages.

Having an emergency plan in place will help you hit your stride and give you peace of mind. And remember, if you still feel intimidated by an incoming storm, lean on seasoned locals like us to answer your questions and lend you support. We've weathered many a storm and have a wealth of knowledge on "do's" and "don'ts". Ask #ThankYouMiami or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

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