Preparing before the storm is the best assurance towards making it through and surviving the aftermath. Follow these steps that will help you 'weather' the storm.
To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
Local Emergency Management Phone Numbers:
1. Palm Beach County (561) 712-64002
2. Martin County (772) 287-16523
3. St. Lucie County (772) 461-52014
4. Indian River County (772) 567-21545
5. Okeechobee County (863) 763-3212
6. Hendry County (863) 983-1594
Inland Flooding Safety Actions:
Learn your vulnerability to flooding by determining the elevation of your property.
Evaluate your insurance coverage; as construction grows around areas, floodplains change. If you are in a flood area, consider what mitigation measure you can do in advance. More from the National Flood Insurance Program.
Hurricanes are capable of producing copious amounts of rainfall. During landfall, a rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches or more is common. If the storm is large and moving slowly, less than 10 mph, the rainfall amounts from a well-organized storm are likely to be even more excessive. This heavy rain usually occurs slightly to the right of the hurricane's track. The amount of rain depends on the size, forward speed and whether the hurricane interacts with other weather systems.
To get a generic estimate of the rainfall amount (in inches) that can be expected, divide 100 by the storm's forward motion, for example, 100/5 mph = 20 inches of rain. For specific rainfall forecasts please monitor local forecasts from the National Weather Service. Rainfall and Flooding fact: Tropical Storm Claudette (1979) brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas, contributing to more than $600 million in damage.