How you can prepare yourself for hurricane season in 2021

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It’s that time of year. Hurricane season is upon us Tuesday, June 1 through Nov. 30. The NOAA predicts that 2021 will be an active hurricane season, with an estimated 13-20 named storms. Of those storms, 6-10 could become hurricanes, and 3-5 of those could be “major hurricanes” (that’s category 3, 4, or 5, in layman’s terms).

Before you get stressed, take a deep breath + check out our list of everything you gotta have to be hurricane-ready

🥫 Something to eat
The American Red Cross suggests having one gallon of water per person, per day, as well as non-perishables. Don’t forget to pack your hand-held can opener.

🧰 A hurricane kit
You know the essentials: a first-aid kit, flashlights, medications, et cetera. For a comprehensive list, check out our hurricane kit must-haves.

📱 A way to stay informed
If we’re under a hurricane watch (conditions possible within 48 hours) or a hurricane warning (conditions expected within 48 hours), watch for important weather updates. Sign up for Polk County’s emergency notifications on Alert Polk, check the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center for updates or download one of these apps to track weather + hurricanes. 

 🚗 An evacuation plan
According to Polk County Emergency Management, you should stay home as long as it’s safe. However, it’s smart to have a plan B. If you need to leave your house, stay with someone who has a safe space or relocate out of the area. Lakeland also has 47 public shelters, 3 of which accept certain pets, but public shelters should be your last resort. #ProTip: certain hotels also accept pets. 

We’re hoping no one has to use it, but just in case, let us know what you’d never be caught stranded without.

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