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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Hurricanes

Hurricanes, or tropical cyclones, are storm systems characterized by strong winds, heavy rain and a propensity for destruction. During hurricane season, it may seem as though there’s one storm after another. Though storms may both frighten and fascinate us, there’s a lot you may not know about them. Here are 3 things you didn’t know about hurricanes:   1.      A hurricane is only a hurricane when it forms over the Atlantic Ocean. If a storm forms over the northwest Pacific Ocean, it's called a typhoon. If it forms in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, it's called a cyclone.   2.      Tropical cyclones began receiving names in 1950 to make it easier for the public to know which particular storm warnings to follow. The World Meteorological Organization creates the list of names to be used for hurricane season, and for the Atlantic season, which runs from June to November. There are six annual lists with 21 names each. Afte ...

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How to Prepare for a Flood

The most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding. It can occur at any time during any season. Of course, certain areas (flood zones) are at greater risk in certain times of the year, but even if you are not in a flood zone, your home can still be at risk for a flood. “Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land which is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop.” (FEMA) Here are some tips on how to protect yourself and your property in the case of a flood: Personal: To avoid being trapped when floodwaters threaten your area, the best course of action is to protect yourself and your family, and to evacuate before flooding starts. Be sure to follow evacuation directions from local officials. It is important to discuss a solid evacuation plan with your family, and to write down emergency numbers you may need during your time away from home. Property: Before a flood occurs, you should take steps to reduce the ri ...

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Tropical Weather Disturbances Being Closely Monitored

  The National Hurricane Center has issued an advisory for a potential tropical cyclone developing in the deep tropical Atlantic. The latest update advises there is a disturbance moving rapidly toward the Southern Windward Islands, moving at approximately 23 mph (without circulation). It is still too early to know if the storm will affect South Florida, but if it does become a named storm, it will be named “Bret”. Hurricane Season 2017 is here: Are you prepared? Read our latest blog on how to prepare your home and your family this year.  Use Your Resources: The most important thing to know before, during, and after a storm is your resources. These websites and numbers to each should be posted in your home for easy access. These resources are always available to you, and they could save a life in the case of an emergency.  American Red Cross  National Hurricane Center  Florida Division of Emergency Management    Keeping your family and ...

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Hurricane Food Shopping List

  You’ve just heard word a hurricane is approaching and your first instinct is to head to the store to fill up the pantry. Remember, you should plan for the worst possible outcome; purchase food items which do not require a refrigerator, microwave, stove or oven, as electricity may not be available for a few days should you lose power. Here are the best foods to stockpile in the case of an emergency:   Drinks: Bottled water is a must-have item during a hurricane. You can also purchase Gatorade or Powerade, which are great sources of electrolytes and carbohydrates and can help rehydrate. Powdered milk is a great substitution for fresh milk if you have no power to your refrigerator. Energy: Children can get very cranky, especially when all their resources are cut off, such as the TV and radio. Stock up on items like fruit, peanut butter, nuts, trail mix, granola and power bars to keep their moods and spirits alive. Vitamins: Even though you have access to food, not eating nor ...

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Preparing the Landscape for a Hurricane

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st and ends November 30th, 2017. Each year, we gear up for this season by stocking up on canned food, bottled water, batteries and more. Although this is important, we should not forget about our plants and trees. We recently offered tips on protecting your plants during the winter season. Now, here are some tips to protect your plants during hurricane season.   Make a plan: If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you should plant high quality trees that have good structure. Planting more wind-resistant trees makes it more likely they will survive hurricane season. When the season comes near, pay attention to your trees to make sure they are in good shape. Look out for large, dead branches, as these should be removed to prevent damage to your home.   Protect the Harvest: If you have a vegetable garden, harvest all vegetables before the storm arrives to keep them out of harm’s way. Chances are, if high winds arrive, there will be littl ...

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Hurricane Mitigation: Protect Your Home

Hurricane mitigation encompasses the actions and measures taken before a hurricane strikes. Being a homeowner makes your home one of your largest investments. Therefore, protecting it from natural disasters should be a top priority.  A natural disaster can occur at any given time. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast predicts a reduced amount of activity than last year, but this does not mean we should let our guards down. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your home from damage before this year’s Hurricane Season is in full effect:   Home Inspection: Is your home ready for a natural disaster? Consider having your home inspected each year before Hurricane Season approaches to ensure your personal safety, along with your home and belongings.   Shutters: If you hear news of an approaching hurricane, installing shutters to your windows can be beneficial. If a window in your home is broken during a hurricane, it can expose the inside of your house to excessive winds ...

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Say Goodbye to the 2016 Hurricane Season

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season ends November 30th.

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Beware of Fraud Post-Hurricane Matthew

Florida Peninsula urges our policyholders who have experienced damage from Hurricane Matthew to call us first to protect themselves from fraud.

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National Preparedness Month: National PrepareAthon! Day

Throughout the month of September, families were encouraged to take actionable steps to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies during National Preparedness Month. However, today, September 30th is National PrepareAthon! Day. If you have not yet planned for disasters and emergencies, now is the time. Protect your family and home by participating in America's PrepareAthon activities including: Accessing Alerts and Warnings: Check out the Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings handout, including material on receiving information on important weather conditions and other emergencies. Update or Assemble Your Emergency Supplies: For a list of important items you should have in your emergency supply kit, visit the tips and tools section of our website. Insure and Document Your Property: Speak with your agent to ensure your home and valuables are properly insured. As a Florida Peninsula policyholder, you can rest assured we will have you covered if catastrophe strikes. Also, we highly recommend developi ...

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National Preparedness Month: Establish a Family Emergency Communication Plan

September is National Preparedness Month, serving as a reminder for us all to take action now, and throughout the year to prepare for various emergencies which could affect us at any time. "Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today" is the theme of this years' National Preparedness Month. As Floridians, we realize the threat of a storm or natural disaster is not a matter of if, but when. As such, it is essential to the safety of you and your family to create an emergency communication and evacuation plan.  Preparing your family for an emergency can be, and is, as simple as a conversation at the dinner table. Get started with FEMA's three steps for creating a family emergency and evacuation plan:  1. Create a paper copy of every family members' contact information along with information for important people and offices, such as doctors, schools, medical facilities, and close family friends. Also, establish a Disaster Preparedness Plan; this plan should include escape routes from every room in ...

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