The 2021 hurricane season officially ends today, Nov. 30, but Sarasota County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to stay vigilant and to prepare early for the 2022 hurricane season—especially because severe weather systems that come in the winter and early spring can bring tornadoes, lightning, high winds and severe thunderstorms.
To prepare for next hurricane season, the county recommends taking the following steps:
- Create, review and agree on a plan for you and your family in case of an emergency.
- Take inventory and verify expiration dates on food items in your emergency preparedness kits. Consider donating non-perishable items that have not yet expired.
- Add sanitizer, disinfectant and masks to emergency preparedness kits.
- Sign up for emergency alerts.
- Keep up to date on yard work, such as trimming trees and making repairs to sheds or fences, to help prevent potential damage in a storm.
- Install hurricane impact windows and doors or purchase hurricane shutters to harden and protect your home or business.
- If you or someone you love requires use of a medical needs evacuation center or would need to be transported to one, update or add your information to the Medically Dependent Person online application or Transportation Dependent registration forms.
- If you have sand bags, be sure to reuse them or dispose of them properly if they have come in contact with floodwater.