SANFORD, FLA – The 2019 hurricane season will end this weekend. Central Florida was spared from a direct hit of a catastrophic hurricane, which caused millions of dollars of damage and loss of many lives in the Bahamas. While emergency managers can take a sigh of relief as the season ends, there is still a lot of recovery work to be done from previous events and mitigation projects to build the resiliency of our community.
Each year at the end of hurricane season, the Office of Emergency Management suggest recycling items from your personal hurricane supply kits. Although most canned food items last for quite awhile, check the expiration date and consider donating items to the local food bank or faith-based organization. This is the perfect time of year for food donations as we enter the holiday season. Most food banks are in need of these materials.
On Black Friday and throughout the holiday season, emergency managers offered some gift suggestions ideal for the person who has “everything”. Every home can use a weather radio. This is a very practical gift that can be invaluable to residents when hazardous weather approaches. In addition to weather radios, stocking stuffers can include flashlights, first-aid kits, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. These are essential safety supplies every home and small business should have. If home kits are in order, perhaps it’s time to check on a second safety kit for their vehicle or boat. These items are widely available and reasonably priced to fit any budget.