Weathering the Storm

Preparation is Key

As idyllic as Destin is, storms and hurricanes do occur infrequently and their aftermaths can be severe. All of the City of Destin is on a barrier island. Barrier islands are “extreme risk areas” which should be totally evacuated prior to Category 4 or 5 hurricanes.

Be Prepared

Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. There are things to do prior to an expected storm and after. It is suggested that the Hurricane Information Guide be printed, studied, discussed with family members and kept at hand to prepare for possible storms or hurricanes and to assist you after a storm. This guide will explain whom to contact, where to go, when to go, supplies needed prior to the storm, securing your home and valuables and hazards and inconveniences to expect. Preparations could include:
  • Assessing your home for vulnerable areas
  • Determining whether anyone in your home has special medical needs or is vulnerable in an emergency
  • Discussing whether you will need to evacuate
  • Ensuring your assets are protected
  • Gathering your supplies
  • Holding a family meeting
  • Making a plan for your pets
  • Notifying others of your plan
  • Securing your home
  • Vehicle storage and protection

After the Storm

Things to consider after the storm:
  • Curfews may exist.
  • Debris cleaning teams will be out and working.
  • Do utilities operate correctly?
  • Sections of the city may be closed.