Hurricane Preparedness

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. All Florida residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan and get supplies to be ready in case of a weather emergency.  You'll find here the information that you need to keep yourself and your family safe before, during and after a storm. 

You can also get forecasts and interactive maps on our weather page, powered by Florida Storms.

WLRN is part of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. It is  activated during weather emergencies to provide residents with timely and accurate information. 

Protecting Your Property From Flooding During A Hurricane

Jun 30, 2020
Provided to WMFE by Jim Rinaman

The 2020 hurricane season is projected to be a busy one, and knowing how to protect your property from flooding is important.

Here are the guidelines set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on how to prepare your home:

How Landscaping Can Prevent Hurricane Damage

Dec 27, 2019
Camila Guillen, UF/IFAS

With the Atlantic Hurricane season over, experts are already reminding us to protect our properties for next year. Some of the advice involves landscaping your yard. The University of Florida IFAS program has prepared a list of trees that can help protect your property from severe storms.

Mark Tancig, the horticulture extension agent in Leon County, said in North Florida, where Hurricane Michael did most of its destruction last year, people are reluctant to replant. He said that's the wrong idea.

Florida's Nursing Homes Grapple With Generator Requirement

Dec 5, 2019

Time is ticking for the state’s long-term care providers to comply with a requirement to have backup generators and fuel or face fines or even the possible revocation of their licenses.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

For people who don't have consistent access to food, the effects of Hurricane Dorian could linger for weeks.

Floridians who were scheduled to receive federal SNAP benefits, or food stamps, between Sept. 1 and 14 were allowed to get that help early, on Aug. 31, so they could prepare for the storm. But advocates worry they could run out of food by mid-September.

Updated at 1:05 a.m. ET Thursday

Hurricane Dorian is strengthening again and is now a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, although "some fluctuations in intensity are expected during the next 12 hours," according to the National Hurricane Center.

At least 20 people have died in the Bahamas as a result of Dorian, local officials say.

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Floridians concerned about running out of medication during or after the storm will get relief in knowing some insurers are allowing members in all counties to get an early refill of their medications.

Florida Blue said its members can get a 30-day emergency supply of medication from in-network pharmacies through Sept. 28. In addition, should their doctors offices close, members can members can use the Florida Blue website or mobile app, or call Florida Blue, to find care at an alternative participating provider.

What To Put In A Hurricane Emergency Supply Kit

Aug 30, 2019

With Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida, the Florida Department of Health has put together a checklist for hurricane supply kites.

Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Floridians to heed local evacuation calls as Hurricane Dorian could be a “Category 4-plus” storm that lingers over the state after making landfall early next week on the East Coast.

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Here's what Broward residents need to know in advance of the storm.

National Hurricane Center

Dorian is now exceptionally well-formed and is expected to be a major hurricane as it approaches Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update Thursday.

Landfall on Sunday or Labor Day as a Category 3 is increasingly likely, forecasters say. But it is difficult to say where Dorian will strike, therefore all of Florida is in the cone.

Forecasters expect to have a better idea Friday or Saturday which area will bear the brunt of the hurricane, including possible storm surge.

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Forecasters say it's still too early to know with certainty where will hurricane Dorian land in Florida — but it's never too late to assemble your hurricane emergency kit.

Here's what you need:

In Puerto Rico, nearly two years after hurricane Maria, the need for safe, affordable housing is still a massive challenge. "We have more than a half million people affected. And we have to build, minimum, 75,000 homes, " says Astrid Diaz, a well-known architect in Puerto Rico. She was part of a FEMA team that assessed the island's infrastructure after the storm.

Diaz often appears on television wearing her trademark yellow hardhat, promoting her "Casa Segura-Safe Homes" campaign.

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Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, which means it's time to review emergency plans. And for South Florida residents with medical needs, that can involve extra work to ensure a spot on county lists for emergency evacuation assistance.

Florida counties maintain special needs registries for emergency situations. During hurricanes, people who have pre-registered on these lists are eligible for priority evacuation help and medical shelters—depending on their level of need.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Weather officials have been able to reduce forecasting errors for a hurricane's track, including its "cone of uncertainty," in the last 20 years. But more research is needed to better predict how intense a storm will be.

That's according to National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, who spoke on a panel Thursday at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center in Plantation. 

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A little nudging for storm prep shouldn’t be necessary after Matthew battered Florida’s east coast in 2016, Irma essentially drenched the entire state in 2017, and Michael ground up a chunk of the Panhandle last year.

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