Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth tropical storm of the 2019 hurricane season, formed this past weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center. Currently, Tropical Storm Dorian is just off the east-southeast coast of Barbados and moving quickly toward the mainland in Florida and Georgia. The current maximum sustained winds are clocked at 40 miles-per-hour and moving at around 14 miles-per-hour. Reports claim the tropical storm could escalate into a hurricane by late Tuesday of this week.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, speaking on Twitter, said, “Could be something, could be nothing. But, if you live in South Florida, now is a good time to take a few minutes to think about your Hurricane 2019 plan. You may not need it, but it doesn’t hurt to have one.”
Preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian
It’s important to remember that you cannot stop a tropical storm or hurricane. You can, however, prepare and protect your home and family. If you live in a high-risk area, which, in this case, includes portions of Florida and Georgia, you are encouraged to prepare now before the storm worsens. Here’s what to do:
[Read Here: Hurricane Dorian Preparation List]
Make a Plan
Take this time now, before the storm touches down, to create a thorough storm plan. Your plan should include stocking up on supplies, writing down emergency phone numbers, purchasing a fire extinguisher, locating nearby shelters, and ensuring your family understands storm sirens.
Gather Storm Supplies
As part of your storm plan for the 2019 hurricane season, you should have a stock of storm supplies on hand. These supplies should include at least three days of food and water per person, clean containers, medicine, first aid items, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, sleeping bags, and personal care products.
Know Evacuation Routes
In the event that you need to evacuate, know the best routes out of the city. If you need to remain within city limits, find a nearby shelter or batten down at home and keep everyone indoors and safe.
Call Restoration 1 After Tropical Storm Dorian
If your property is affected by Tropical Storm Dorian, contact your local Restoration 1 location for 24-hour storm recovery and water damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties alike.