We’ve certainly had an interesting year so far, and now, for those of us in Florida, it is getting even more interesting. That’s because hurricane season started June 1.
I say June 1, but we actually had two named storms before hurricane season officially started, and a third storm in the Gulf of Mexico on the first official week of hurricane season.
So, as we always say this time of year, it’s time to prepare for hurricane season.
That means many things.
While we are not suggesting anyone hoard supplies, remember some of the things you may need if there is a storm in our area may not be as available as they usually are.
On the electrical side, there are a few things to consider. The first of these is whether this is the year to invest in a generator for your home.
If a strong enough storm hits our area, and you lose power, a portable generator is the quickest way to power up your home until electricity is restored.
But there’s a lot to learn about generators. A portable generator can range in price from $500 to $2,000. They are small and easier to install but may not power your entire home for an extended period of time. A standby generator costs more but will power the whole house.
It’s best to get an expert to guide you through the process if you decide on buying a generator and to help with installation.
One other thing to consider about hurricane season and power failures. We recently wrote here about power outages and what you need to do before the utility restores power to your home. It’s worth reviewing that article now. You can do that by clicking here.
And finally, consider this about hurricane season. Hurricane experts are predicting an active season. That means they are saying we could see a number of strong storms. Where they go at this point is anybody’s guess. But we live in Florida. While that generally means mild winters and hot, humid summers, it also means we can be in the path of a storm. It’s best to be prepared.