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Everyone comes to Florida for the great weather, right? In addition to that great weather, though, we have to sometimes contend with tropical storms or hurricanes.Florida hurricane season

There’s an old mariner's poem about Caribbean hurricanes:

June – too soon
July – stand by
August – look out, you must
September – remember
October – all over

Hurricane Wilma was “only” a category 1 when it hit the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area in the early morning of October 24, 2005.

Wilma hit our neighborhood (about 1 square mile) with a fury. We had to deal with hundreds of downed or damaged trees and no electricity for three days. My family lost two trees and our back fence and sustained so much damage to the roof that it had to be replaced.

Crown’s Miami office in (Hollywood, FL) was closed for a week due to no electricity and there were extreme fuel shortages citywide.

Despite the damage and outages, though, we considered ourselves lucky. The Crown warehouse and all its precious contents came through the storm unscathed. This was due to having a plan regarding location selection and the quality of the building when Crown opened this office. Our house was habitable; cool showers are not a major hardship for a couple of days and, because we had a plan, we had enough food and water to get by until things started to run again. Friends three blocks away were without electricity for three weeks and others had to vacate their homes.

As Florida approaches hurricane season, it’s a good time to prepare and have a plan. You can improve your safety by following the tips offered by The Family Handyman, including:

  1. Invest in hurricane windows
  2. Establish an evacuation plan
  3. Trim troublesome trees
  4. Invest in an emergency generator
  5. Prepare an emergency care kit

These and other tips on the site will help you know what to do before, during and after an emergency.

New to Florida? We’d like to help! Our highly accredited Crown Relocations team in Miami understands what it’s like to relocate to a new town. We’ll help guide you every step of the way to make sure you Go knowing.

About the author

Rodger Coubrough

A native of New Zealand, Rodger has been with Crown Relocations for over 20 years, the last 11 in Miami. Living in South Florida, Rodger finds it really hard to find a channel to watch the All Blacks playing rugby.

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