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— Whew! The worst of the 2017 hurricane season is past us. That’s the good news. But the 2018 season is coming up. The off-season period – from the end of November to June 1 – is the best time to prepare your home for a hurricane. You have time to get ready, and supplies and equipment are less costly than when the demand is higher. So what exactly should you do?: Create your team. Identify those close to you (neighbor, …

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— A portable or “whole-house” electrical generator can be a big help after a hurricane. But AARP’s Florida state director urged Floridians to take care when using electrical power generators for backup power during power outages, citing as many as 10 deaths across the state in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Three died in a home near Daytona Beach and another four were rushed to a nearby hospital, according to news reports. One man was found dead in his home in …

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— Although it’s been nine years without a Category 5 hurricane in Florida, any storm can still cause a lot of damage. Older adults are especially at risk during this period. To help, we have compiled several hurricane-preparedness tips to consider that are specifically tailored to Floridians 50-plus. Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days.  While government responders will work hard to respond to a major disaster, it will take time to deliver supplies.  You should be able to cope …