Florida Rep. Chip LaMarca (R) is adding his voice to the conversation of properly preparing the sunshine state for the upcoming hurricane season. As Floridians continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic while reintegrating back into the sunshine state’s newly-opened economy, the upcoming hurricane season is placing great anxiety and stress on Floridians. The “Get Ready, Florida” initiative continues to educate the public on how to effectively and productively prepare for the hurricane season that begins on June 1st, but lawmakers are also chiming in to the discussion and trying to ensure that their constituents are ready for any obstacles that might be in the future.
In a statement, the Florida lawmaker expressed that “experts predict another active hurricane season and here in South Florida we know all too well the impact a storm can have on our homes, lives, and entire community.” “With storms making landfall in our state multiple years in a row, we must take every step to prepare our homes and finances,” he added.” Finally, he reaffirmed that “with COVID-19 still a threat to public health, now is the time to make sure your home and family are protected,” noting that Floridians should “not wait until a storm is approaching, and stores are overcrowded” because “it may be too late.”
Moreover, the Florida Rep. shared 5 hurricane preparedness tips, saying that Floridians should take an inventory of home items, they should prepare a disaster kit, they should make sure they have important financial documents, they should make sure that they have flood insurance and they should also check on the proper evacuation procedures.
“Evacuation orders may look a little different this year so be sure to pay attention to new procedures,” LaMarca warned.
He asserted that Floridians should make “sure to have masks or face coverings in your disaster kit in case you must go to a shelter or evacuate to another area.”
For more information on hurricane preparedness, please visit floridadisaster.org.