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Hurricane Tips-Last Minute Preparations- Palm Beach County

Hurricane Tips-Last Minute Preparations- Palm Beach County

For now, Erika is still a Tropical Storm.  Depending upon what happens in the next few days if and when Erika passes over Puerto Rico, Palm Beach County may get our first hurricane in 10 years this Monday. Hurricane tips

If you are new to the area or if you are a long-term resident but complacent about hurricanes, there is still time to “get your house in order.”

I learned of an app that various communities offer called  CodeRED Mobile Alert.  You can register with the site and alerts will be sent to you for such emergencies as evacuations, boil water notifications, warnings of chemical spills, etc.  The City of Delray beach has implemented this alert for its residents, but other cities throughout the country offer it for their residents as well.

What You Can Do Now!

1.Monitor your local weather channel, radio, paper, or online.

2.Make sure your vehicles’ gas tanks are full and are equipped with what you would need for a road trip, such as flashlights and a first aid kit.

3.Make sure you have sufficient propane for your grill. It will become your best friend.  We were without power for over 3 days, but we still had coffee and hot meals!

hurricane check list4. Check your supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

5.Get cash!  The power company works long and hard during power outages, but if it is widespread, power may be out for days.  (or weeks as in the case of Hurricane Wilma) ATM’s need power to work!

6. Do your laundry! Quit laughing!  No power or water means dirty laundry!

7. Charge your power tools. These will assist you with repairs after the hurricane.

8. Make sure you have your Grab and Go Box ready and everything you need in it.

9. Bring in anything and everything that isn’t heavily anchored or could become a missile.  Don’t trim now unless you have a way to haul it off yourself.  

10. Head to your market for last minute items, ice and some fresh produce.   After Hurricane Wilma, I remember people saying how much they missed something fresh, like an apple.  Don’t forget your pets!

11. Place your papers, electronics, paper towels, clothing, etc. in zip locks or plastic tubs.  If you’re staying through the hurricane and your roof goes or a window is blown out, you’ll be glad you kept these dry.

12. Fill your bathtub with water.

13.  Make sure you have the contact numbers of your family, friends, Hurricane tips for Palm Beach Countyand neighbors.  And be sure to check on your elderly neighbors.

14. You know you can’t live without them, so make sure you have charged and backed up your phones, tablets, and laptops.  

15. If you have hurricane shutters, now is the time to reacquaint yourself with them. Don’t wait until the rain is pounding down on you and you are outside on a ladder trying to figure out how to affix your shutter.

Please remember that in the worse case scenario, it can take days for first responders to enter the damaged area.  Do your part by being prepared and having at least 3 (or more) days worth of supplies for you and your family.


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 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 41 commentsKathy Streib • August 27 2015 05:47PM


Good morning Kathy.  I wonder do you leave and head inland or do you just weather the storm?  I find it fascinating how vicious Mother Nature can be

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, great tips for everyone to pay attention to! Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Great tips Kathy.  Luckily the installation of my hurricane/impact windows will be finished today.  No more climbing ladders and installing shutters for me!  

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

BARFF, these are great tips.  Tony and I were just discussing this earlier this morning.  I hope it remains a tropical storm.....but if not, these tips are a huge help.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

 Good morning Kathy. You gave everyone a wonderful list and good tips for something that is real. I hope you are spared.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing the tips good one but don't forget to pick up a six pack or two since we can't have a storm without a party.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

This is very good information for area residents and visitors. Personal safety should always be a high priority.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

Invaluable info for anyone living in Florida.  The moral of the story is preparedness!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 5 years ago

This is a very scary and real blog post that might go a long way in saving someone's life! 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib I guess it is time for another visit to Orlando for you.

I like your lists. I am a list person and this really sounds a chord with me.

I hope you make it through without any bad things happening.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

James- we don't leave unless we have to, and we'd head north to Orlando.  But it looks like Erika won't be bad. James Dray 

Wayne- and you as well.  Weather here is nice now! Wayne Martin 

Gabe- smaart move and worth the investment!  That's the part that is the biggest PITA. Gabe Sanders 

BARFF- I just listened to the latest update and they are thinking it will be a tropical storm but you never know.  We were caught many years ago and luckily the boat was already tied up.  Roger D. Mucci 

Sheila- thank you, and I'm just as happy for Erika to not visit us. Sheila Anderson 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Donald- that goes without saying and usually stocked here anyway! (did I say that?!)   Donald Urschalitz 

Roy- exactly!  Things can be replaced.. people can't! Thank you for the reblog. Roy Kelley 

Joanna- that's it.  If you stay prepared, then when these things come you have only a few things to do. Joanna Cohlan 

Nicole- we learn from each storm!  Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Bill- thank you.  I am a big list maker.. it helps me organize what needs to be done.  Unless Erika changes her mind, I think that we'll be ok.  Bill Roberts 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

I love this - we don't have them in Utah obviously, but I like the idea for severe winter storms!

Posted by Graig Griffin, SIOR, Commercial Real Estate - Utah and Nevada (Utah Advisors | Windermere Commercial) almost 5 years ago

Kathy we do not get hit with as many hurricanes as you do down there, but we do seem to get a big one every once and a while.  This year I am prepared with a generator that pretty much handles my whole house.  I hope I don't have to use it, but if I do I am set :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago

I hear's best to be prepared for the worst and be pleasantly surprised when it's not so bad.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

These are great tips!  I am glad that I have never had to prepare for a hurricane though and I hope I never do.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 5 years ago

Thanks Kathy Streib and thanks for the call too.  I am heading out to celebrate the Big Guys Birthday and get some supplies.

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy - Great advice. We'll be thinking about you guys as we move toward next week, and hoping it bypasses you. Stay dry!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hey Kathy I did not realize the TS upgraded to a full hurricane. Good advice to be prepared as that is key

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy -- timely tips.  Stay safe.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib great check list. I would also remind everyone to back up their computers. This one I missed for Hurricane Katrina. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 5 years ago


I am crossing all fingers and paws so that the storm bypasses you and goes away...over the ocean.  A lot of what you suggest can be applied to other locales also.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips, Kathy. Very useful and timely :)

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) almost 5 years ago

I spoke with 2 friends your way today, 1 in full panic and out getting supplies and the other heading to a Hurricane party on the beach. I hope it veers off to sea.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

I thought of you today when my husband mentioned a hurricane headed your way - you have more nerve than I do to stay there. I'd already be loading up my dogs and heading out. (I still feel sick over all the stories of people who ran away from Katrina and left their dogs and cats behind... how could they?)

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy.  If you live in a hurricane prone area and you are not prepared you are a fool.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Hurricane season is here.  The messsage in this post can't be repeated enough for residents of areas that are more likely to see hurricanes.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 5 years ago

Scary but a realistic threat Kathy. Better off prepared and no surprises (if that is possible).

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

These are great tips for anyone close to one of these ....Very nice post as always!

Have a great weekend

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 5 years ago

Graig- exactly.  You can use these tips to help you be prepared! Graig Griffin, SIOR 

George- that was a great investment.  Many homeowners added the home generator after Hurricane Wilma! George Souto 

BARFF- that's the approach I take.  If it doesn't hit here, which it looks like it won't, then it doesn't matter! Roger D. Mucci 

Brian- Isn't it funny, I don't have a problem with hurricanes, but am scared of tornadoes and earthquakes!  Brian England 

Christine-  Have a good celebration and I'll be keeping my eyes on the storm!  Hope it misses Naples.   Christine OShea 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Dick- thank you.  It looks like the west coast may get the hit, or it might travel to the Gulf Coast, and let's hope not!!   Dick Greenberg 

David- not yet and I think it will remain a Tropical Storm.  Thank goodness for the terrain in Puerto Rico!  David Shamansky 

Michael- I will, and thank you! Michael Jacobs 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Frank- absolutely.  And have redundant backups that are off site!!  Frank Rubi, MBA 

Alexandra- thank you so much.  We are lucky in that we have a lot of warning... unlike those who have tornadoes or earthquakes.  Unfortunately, sometimes these systems head into the Gulf, pick up steam and Louisiana and Texas get hit! Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Patty- It's good to have a list and even better if we don't have to use it. Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR 

Scott- oh how funny.  We once had a cocktail party with storm shutters up and pouring rain outside.  The hurricane hit the next day. Scott Godzyk 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Marte- thank you for your kind thoughts!!!  Since the tip of Florida is not all that wide, you're right... if were going to be really bad, we'd head north.  You can only go so far west and then you'd run into the Everglades.  And, yes, I cannot imagine leaving my pets behind.  There is no way I could do that.  Marte Cliff 

Conrad- totally agree!  After a hurricane several years ago, I can remember people who came out the next day complaining that they had no water or food and where was the government!  Conrad Allen 

Chris Ann- that's it!  Be prepared, no matter where you are! Chris Ann Cleland 

Noah- we try to be prepared, but I remember many years ago when we thought the hurricane was going to hit Naples, and it hit us!  Noah Seidenberg 

Rob- Thank you.  Let's hope we don't have to use it!!   Rob Thomas 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - You and other responsible individuals get prepared. I have absolutely no sympathy for those who ask "where is the government?" That kind of thinking is NOT what made this country great. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 5 years ago


Thanks for sharing the tips on being prepared for a hurricane.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - I think Erika is slowing down. We are also concerned - condo in Miami on a high floor, have to remove all from balcony. Hope Erika goes off to sea. In CT, we had 8 days of no power after a storm.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Good luck to all in path of Erika or any hurricane.  Thanks for warning & prep notice, Kathy Streib 

i was in Tampa, Florida once when hurricane was approaching & promptly left as fast as I could.  Hurricane turned west toward gulf but I was glad we left when we did.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

You are so right.  Areas like New York with Hurricane Sandy don't seem likely targets of a hurricane, but it happened.  Always be prepared.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 5 years ago

A few years ago we invested in a backup charger for our cell phones and a mobile 5 gig wifi hot spot.  After a middle of the night tornado that got as close as to drop trees 30 feet from our house and keep our power off for days we decided it was a must.  Then two years ago when we had no power for three days in a winter ice storm those things came in so handy.  We recharged about 15 times various things : my phone, Donald's phone, the wi-fi hot spot, the iPad and we could keep an eye on the radar the entire time.  

You give great advice on being prepared.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Good tips, Kathy!  I'm keeping my Florida friends in my thoughts with Erika approaching!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 5 years ago

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