During a hurricane, or any disaster, City Hall,
16 Colomba Road functions as the DeBary Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
For the latest information on hurricane tracking, evacuation procedures, road closures, pet care, and shelter status, call (386) 668-2040.
• Be informed! Meteorologists can now predict more accurately days in advance of a hurricane. Watch your local news, or visit the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service Melbourne to stay on top of potential storms. Stay tuned to TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio during the storm to track it and keep apprised of evacuation warnings.
• If you have them, know how your home's hurricane shutters are installed. There are many types of shutters, from galvanized steel panels to roller shutters to accordion style. If it's been a while since you tried them, or if you're new to your home, it's a good idea to do a practice run on a few windows before the real event. Don’t have hurricane shutters? Consider purchasing them. Remember, “If the wind stays out, the roof stays on.”
• If you have an older garage door, consider adding braces when the storm approaches; 80% of wind entry into homes is through the garage when the door fails.
• Gathering some supplies before a hurricane is bound for land will save you time and frustration in mobbed stores. Make sure you have a store of water, canned food and hygiene products to last in case water and power are knocked out. Don't forget to keep a can opener handy! Check the batteries in your flashlights and radios.
• If you don’t already have one, buy a NOAA weather radio.
• Ensure you have a one-month supply of any medications you are currently prescribed.
• Keep your car's tank full to avoid long gas station lines at the last minute.
• Limit flying debris outside your home: trim dead wood from trees, check for loose rain gutters and down spouts, and secure lawn furniture.
• Double check your insurance coverage and keep policies in a safe place. Take pictures of your belongings for claim purposes, and take another picture of damage to property after the storm.
• Consider purchasing a flood insurance policy if you don’t have one. Twenty-five per cent of insured flood losses occur outside of a mapped high-risk flood zone. There’s normally a thirty-day waiting period after you purchase a flood insurance policy before it goes into effect, so don’t wait until the storm is a few days out. Remember, your homeowner’s insurance policy DOES NOT cover floods!