Preparing for Hurricane Season in Lake County, Florida

Are you asking questions about hurricane season? Understanding New Building Codes and Safety Requirements

Central Florida residents are gearing up to protect their homes and families as hurricane season approaches. With the introduction of new building codes, many homeowners in Lake County are left wondering how these changes will affect them. At Around the House, Inc., we’re here to help you interpret these codes and make informed decisions about your home’s storm protection.
One of the most significant changes in the new building code is the requirement for storm protection within one mile of open water or within 5,000 feet of a body of water. This means that if your home is located in these areas, you may need to invest in hurricane windows or other approved storm protection measures.

Weighing Costs and Benefits of Storm Protection

It’s essential to consider the real-world implications of these requirements. In our 44 years of experience working in the Central Florida area, we have not witnessed winds exceeding 70 mph. While it’s crucial to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, it’s also important to weigh the costs and benefits of various storm protection options.
Hurricane windows, for example, can be twice as expensive as regular windows. For many homeowners, this added expense may not be feasible or necessary. There are alternative storm protection methods, such as hurricane shutters or impact-resistant doors, that can provide adequate protection at a more affordable price point.

Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season

As Florida residents and construction experts, we at Around the House, Inc. understand the importance of being prepared for the storms that inevitably come our way. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida experiences an average of 2 to 3 hurricanes per year, some causing significant damage. NOAA Hurricane Tracker

To minimize the risk of damage to your home during a hurricane, consider taking the following steps:

  • Trimming trees and removing dead or damaged branches that could pose a threat during high winds.
  • Securing outdoor furniture and decorations that could be blown away or cause damage.
  • Ensuring your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to prevent water damage.
  • Having a professional inspect your roof for vulnerabilities and making necessary repairs.

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

In addition to preparing your home, it’s crucial to have an emergency plan in place for your family. Create a hurricane kit that includes essential items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and important documents. Make sure everyone in your household knows the evacuation plan and has a way to communicate in case of separation. For a comprehensive list of items to include in your hurricane supply kit, visit 2024 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Preparing for Power Outages

During a hurricane, power outages are common and can last for several days or even weeks. To ensure that you and your family are prepared for this situation, consider investing in a generator. A generator can provide backup power for essential appliances and devices, such as refrigerators, lights, and cell phone chargers.
It’s also important to have cash on hand in case ATMs and credit card machines are not working due to power outages. Withdraw enough cash to cover essential expenses for at least a week, such as food, gas, and any necessary supplies.

Take Advantage of Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

To encourage Floridians to prepare for hurricane season, the state offers a Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. In 2024, this tax holiday will kick off on Saturday, June 1, and end on June 14. During this period, you can purchase essential hurricane supplies, such as generators, batteries, and flashlights, without paying sales tax. Another sales tax holiday will start on August 24 and end on September 6, providing an additional opportunity to stock up on necessary supplies. For more information on the Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Florida Department of Revenue website.

Be Proactive and Stay Prepared

As we navigate the new building codes and their local implications for storm protection, remember that preparation is key. By taking proactive steps to safeguard your home and family, you can face hurricane season with greater peace of mind.

In the meantime, as you prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, don’t forget the essentials. While many people rush to stock up on water, consider opting for other beverages like beer or wine. After all, a little levity can go a long way in helping us weather the storms ahead! We like stouts and red wines ourselves!

Stay Informed with Around the House, Inc.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights from our team at Around the House, Inc. as we work to keep our Lake County community informed and prepared. Together, we can ensure that our Central Florida homes are ready to face whatever hurricane season brings.

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