I’m new to Florida and unfamiliar with hurricane season. How do I prepare for any storms that may pass over my Full Sail apartment?

Photo of Douglaston Villas and TownhomesCommunities like Douglaston Villas offer covered parking for their residents, protecting you and your car from stormy weather.

While the Sunshine State is known for its beautiful weather and balmy temperatures, it's also home to a variety of storms ranging from short, light showers in the summer to raging hurricanes in the fall. Full Sail apartments are located inland where the effects tend to be much less brutal, but it's still important to prepare! Hurricane season extends from June through November, but that doesn't mean it's all sunshine the other half of the year. If you're new to the state, a common summer storm might even catch you off guard. In fact, Florida is often accredited as the lightning capital of the U.S. That being said, many of the structures in the state are built to withstand storms such as these, and often times you have nothing to worry about. However, it is always good to plan ahead so that if a big weather system does hit, you and your Full Sail apartment are prepared to handle it.

The first things to consider are those directly pertaining to your apartment. For example, does your Full Sail apartment have an interior entryway or private garage? If not, I would highly recommend investing in a rain jacket and umbrella as soon as possible to avoid the headache of getting soaked trying to bring in groceries or get into your car for work. These items are especially helpful in the event of a tropical storm or a hurricane, as the wind will be quite strong. Either way, your money will not be wasted on these purchases and you will be happy to have them all year long.

In the event of a major storm, you should always be prepared. It's a good idea to have supplies like flashlights, lanterns, candles, batteries, and matches in case you lose power. If you happen to have a camp stove on hand, make sure you have extra propane. Similarly, in a powerful storm you can lose access to water. That is why it is always a good idea to store drinkable water and dry goods in your Full Sail apartment at all times. Not only is this good for drinking and cooking, it can also be used to keep toilets flushing normally.

The last thing to do to prepare before a hurricane hits is to contact your landlord. If landfall is projected near you and evacuations are mandatory, inquire about your community's safety measures. It is also important to ask about their policy on emergency maintenance, in the event that flooding or a similar event occurs that requires immediate attention. 

It is important to mention that hurricanes are not normal storms. You should only plan on riding one out in your apartment if evacuation is not mandatory, and if you are thoroughly prepared to handle it. While there are many things you can do to prepare for a hurricane, your safety should never be compromised. Don't forget, there are always shelters you can stay in, some of which are pet-friendly. 

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