The City of Kissimmee wants to help make sure that our residents and the millions of guests who visit our community each year are storm ready. We have compiled some tips and best practices to help you and your family prepare. Whether a storm impacts our community or not, it's always better to be prepared. For City of Kissimmee storm preparation information, follow our Twitter account @CityofKissimmee and choose to receive alerts.
2020 Hurricane Season
When is Hurricane Season?
The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. The City of Kissimmee encourages our residents and guests to follow the best practices from Ready.gov and FloridaDisaster.org.
GET A PLAN
One of the most important parts of being storm ready is to make a plan. FloridaDisaster.org encourages the following three step towards getting a family plan.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
Tailor your plan and prepare supplies that will adjust to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Step 3: Create an Emergency Plan
Download a plan template from FEMA.gov.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
The City of Kissimmee encourages our residents to prepare their family and property for Hurricane Season. Set aside time as Hurricane Season begins and make necessary plans and preparations. We recommend that our residents make the following preparations as soon as possible.
Step One - Build or restock your Basic Disaster supply Kit.
Ready.gov recommends that your basic emergency supply kit include the following items.
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation)
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
You can download an even more details Emergency Supply List from FEMA here.
Step Two - Prepare your property.
Making a few preparations to your home before a storm is approaching can go a long way to making your home safer. Here are a few recommended preparations that you can do during the City of Kissimmee Hurricane Preparation Week.
- Trim low-hanging limbs from trees
- Clean out gutters
- Check exterior walls and roof for weak points that could be vulnerable to high winds. Make necessary repairs.
- Make a list of all of the items outside of your house that would need to be moved or secured if a hurricane were approaching. Include in your list where you would move each item to and how you would secure it.
- If you plan on covering your windows with plywood, measure the size of plywood that you would need for each window. Purchase the plywood now and cut it to size. You can even number or mark each piece of plywood for quick assembly when it's time for it to be installed.
Step Three- Know what your insurance covers
It's important to know what your insurance covers before a storm affects your property. Here are some important questions to ask when looking at your policy or talking to your insurance agent.
- What is the number to call if I need to file a claim?
- What is my deductible?
- Do I have flood insurance? If not, how much would flood insurance cost?
- Is there any other damage to my property that would not be covered?