Prepare Your Property Before the Storm
When hurricane season heats up, it does so quickly. After a summer of fun in the outdoors, evacuation orders can come when you are least prepared.
As Tropical Storm Idalia approaches, now is the time to prepare your home and property.
- Clean rain gutters to ensure obstacles don't block water flow. Trim leaves and shrubs near your house and remove trees with rotting trunks.
- Move lightweight, unsecured outdoor items, such as patio furniture and potted plants, indoors. Items that can't be moved should be secured.
- Turn over objects that collect rainfall and can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Keep insurance information and important documents in a waterproof and fireproof safe or box.
- It is important to document everything you have with video or photos.
Renters should also be prepared to weather a storm. Renters should consider getting insurance to protect their belongings. Landlords should make sure tenants know if there are any responsibilities they must take care of on the property. Both parties should consider exchanging emergency information, in case it's needed.
Residents that live in mobile and manufactured homes should know that if an evacuation is called they must evacuate - no matter where their home is located in the county. All mobile and manufactured homes are considered to be in Evacuation Zone A.
To stay updated on Hillsborough County's response to Tropical Storm Idalia, sign up for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's emergency notification system at HCFLGov.net/HCFL Alert.