The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is upon us; and, while experts recently issued a revised forecast with a below-average level of storm activity, it is still important for homeowners to be prepared. As we learned last year, it only takes one storm to cause widespread devastation, and homeowners who take steps to get ready will be in the best position to begin the recovery process as quickly possible.

Are you ready for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season? Here are seven hurricane preparedness resources from the State of Florida, various U.S. federal government agencies and the National Hurricane Survival Initiative:

7 Free Hurricane Preparedness Resources

1. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Hurricane Preparedness Tools

FEMA’s website provides a number of tools that homeowners can use to prepare for hurricane season. From creating an emergency communication plan to checking your insurance coverage, these tools provide practical tips for making sure you are ready.

2. National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Information

The National Weather Service maintains current hurricane forecast information on its website as well as information about hurricane safety and resources for putting together a personalized disaster preparedness plan.

3. U.S. Coast Guard: Make Your Safety Plans in Advance

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging all homeowners to make safety plans in advance, and has published a number of useful, easy-to-ready graphics that homeowners can use to make sure they have taken the necessary steps to prepare for a potential hurricane.

4. Ready.gov Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit

Ready.gov is the official disaster preparedness website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Here, you will find a comprehensive toolkit which includes tips, weather resources, evacuation zone information and a list of recommended supplies.

5. FloridaDisaster.org Emergency Alerts and Notifications

FloridaDisaster.org is the state’s primary online portal for communicating with citizens about storms and storm response. Go here for recent updates, preparation tips, and to sign up to receive statewide emergency notifications.

6. Florida Department of Revenue Disaster Preparedness 2018 Sales Tax Holiday

While the Disaster Preparedness 2018 Sales Tax Holiday is over, the Florida Department of Revenue’s website provides a list of items that are sales-tax-free 365 days a year. These include bottled water, canned food and other nonperishable items, first aid kits, medications, and baby food and formulas.

7. National Hurricane Survival Initiative (NHSI) Hurricane Safety Checklists

NHSI’s Hurricane Safety Checklist provides a detailed list of items that could be important to have in the event of a major storm. It provides recommendations for how much food and water to store, what documents you should make sure you have available, what tools and supplies to have on hand, and what to buy to meet your baby’s or pet’s needs.

Local and Experienced Hurricane Damage Attorneys for Fort Lauderdale Homeowners

If your Fort Lauderdale home is damaged in a storm during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, our attorneys will be here to help you secure coverage from your insurance company. To learn more in a free and confidential consultation, please call (954) 767-6333 or tell us how we can help online today.