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Hurricane Season is Off to an Early Start

An update from Volusia.org

While Volusia County is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus, hurricane season is rearing its ugly head.

The 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual.

The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project is calling for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. Are you ready?

Create a disaster plan: “Every family should create a disaster plan and start stocking their disaster supply kits,” said Jim Judge, Volusia County’s emergency management director. “After a disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away. In some cases, it may take time for help to arrive. A disaster plan will help to prepare your family for these difficult times.”

Hurricane shelters: Residents should decide now where they will stay if an evacuation order is issued. “Shelters do not provide luxury accommodations and should be used only as a last resort,” Judge said. “The best place to shelter is outside the evacuation area, in a hotel or in a safe and secure structure with family and friends.”

Flood insurance: One of the most important things residents can do to protect their home and family before a flood is to purchase a federal flood insurance policy. Flood damage is not covered under homeowners insurance policies. Therefore, homeowners and renters must buy a separate flood policy. “Don’t wait for a hurricane to purchase flood insurance,” Judge advised. “It takes 30 days after purchase for a flood insurance policy to take effect. Also, if a hurricane is within 500 miles of Florida, policies will not be written.” 

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