Living in South Florida, hurricane preparedness is a fact of life. Each summer, Florida residents replenish their food and water supplies in order to prepare for whatever season the season brings them. But the real preparation goes beyond the basics of food, cash and gas. Make sure to incorporate these essential health preparations into your routine this year. 1. Store more than just drinking water. The standard water supply after a hurricane is one gallon per capita per day for basic survival. But don’t forget that the primary water supply should include more water than is generally used for drinking. Washing dishes or clothes, and personal care such as brushing teeth, bathing and basic hand washing all require water. Make sure you store more water than you think you’ll need to see during the period after the initial storm. 2. Find out where the water shut off valve is. Many people assume that because their pipes are not weathered, they don’t have to worry about cutting off the water in their homes. In fact, knowing where the shut-off valve is can save tens of thousands of dollars in damages should the water line be affected by a storm. 3. Sump pump service. If your home has a crawl space equipped with a sump pump, now is the time to maintain it. Qualified technicians can make sure it is set up properly and running with maximum efficiency in one visit. Also consider giving it a backup power supply to enable it to operate in the event of a power outage. 4. Securing the water heater. Have a certified technician install the water heater on the wall of your utility area using seismic belts. These easy-to-install straps ensure that your water heater and expansion tank stays put if your window breaks during a hurricane. Taking the time to prep your home and family now will provide you unparalleled peace of mind this hurricane season. Should the worst happen, you’ll be able to rest assured that you’re ready. Popular Topics Right Now Aaron Atkins Providing exceptional customer service is first and foremost, but when he’s not focused on providing your home or business with the highest level of customer support, Aaron prefers tying his running shoes and pound pavement for hours on end. Originally from the Snow Belt of Pennsylvania, Aaron currently resides in sunny South Florida with his wife and three children.