Hurricane Preparedness: What To Do & How We Prepare
How SUP Englewood Prepares for Hurricane Season – A Guide for New Locals
Hurricane Prep for Locals & Businesses
Hurricane season is a significant consideration for us here at SUP Englewood. While our main focus is providing excellent kayaking and paddle boarding experiences, safety for our team, customers, and community is our top priority. This blog post will outline how we prepare for hurricanes and offer tips for “new locals” braving their first Florida storm season.
How SUP Englewood Prepares
1. Temporary Closure
We close our operations for several days before and after a predicted hurricane. This allows us ample time to secure our trailers, gear, boat, and homes. We also need time after to assess any damages. Also, to bring all equipment back to the area. Additionally, the water quality conditions can shift after a storm and we like to conduct local waterway safety assessments prior to opening.
2. Equipment Safety Measures
All kayaks, paddle boards, and related equipment are moved to a secure location or anchored tightly if indoor storage is not an option.
3. Vehicle and Trailer Precautions
Our trailers are relocated, and vehicles moved to higher ground to avoid flooding damage.
4. Communication is Key
We keep our customers updated through social media and our website about any closures or post-storm reopening dates. For example, read more about Hurricane Idalia updates.
Tips for New Locals
1. Get the Basics
Stock up on essentials like bottled water, canned food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit. If you don’t have a generator, you may want to consider keeping one at your home. Hurricane Ian taught us a valuable lesson about preparing in advance. Have extra gas on-hand, any medications, and pet supplies.
2. Secure Your Home
Install storm shutters or board up windows. Secure loose outdoor items that could become projectiles in strong winds. Remember, this isn’t the time to be cutting down trees. Any debris piles by your home can be hazardous during the storm.
3. Plan and Practice an Evacuation Route
Know the quickest way to a safe location and have a backup plan. Don’t forget to inform a trusted person about your whereabouts.
4. Pet Safety
Make arrangements for your pets. Whether it’s a pet-friendly shelter or a family member’s home, have a plan in place.
5. Stay Informed
Follow reliable weather sources and heed any evacuation orders from local authorities.
Hurricane Preparedness: Protect your Assets and Family
New locals may find hurricane season in Florida a bit daunting, but preparedness can go a long way in ensuring safety. At SUP Englewood, we take every necessary step to protect our assets and team so we can continue to offer you great experiences once the storm passes. Stay safe and keep an eye out for updates from us during the storm season. Interested in learning more? View this comprehensive guide on hurricane preparedness.