Hurricane season in Florida officially starts today June 1st and ends on Nov 30th. Whether it is just a small tropical storm passing through with minimal damage or a dangerously high category hurricane, you should always prepare your aircraft for the potential damage ahead.
The most recommended procedure for aircraft owners is to leave the hurricane projected area and move your aircraft to an FBO outside of the storm cone. If that is not possible, contact your FBO immediately and see what precautions have been taken.
Here are some additional steps to increase the safety of your aircraft:
1) Verify your aircraft insurance is up-to-date
2) Get a complete list of all avionics inside your aircraft
3) Make sure your aircraft is in flying condition
4) Make every effort to securely tie down your plane
5) When tying down your plane, use both internal and external control locks (example: a belt around the yolk could help prevent excess damage to control surfaces.)
6) Make sure your batteries are fully charged
7) Make sure you have a full take of gas
8) Make sure you have additional chocks
9) Move your aircraft to the highest ground possible to reduce flooding and possible damage to the fuselage or engine compartments
10) Clear excess debris from around your aircraft and hangar
11) Make sure your neighborhood area is clear of debris
12) Contact your local FBO for modified hours during storm warning
Please note, most FBO’s will not be responsible for any damage to your aircraft caused by the storm. In the event of a storm, Banyan will keep a list of customers who have requested hangar space because they are unable to relocate their aircraft. Hangars will be filled in the order requested and we cannot guarantee space for everyone. Once your aircraft is stored in the hangar prior to the storm, it must stay in the hangar. Removing your aircraft from the hangar for a last minute departure is extremely dangerous for Banyan teammates, your aircraft and other customers’ aircraft.
Now that your aircraft is secure, make sure your home is safe as well.
Here are some suggestions for a personal hurricane plan:
- Find your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, wind & flooding.
- Know the location of where you will evacuate.
- Locate a safe room or safest area in your home, usually an interior room on the lowest floor without windows or exterior walls. Bathrooms, utility room, or closets are good choices.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact.
- Make plans for any family member who requires life support equipment.
- To safeguard your home during hurricane season, have shutters or purchase thick plywood with approved fasteners.
- Put valuables, photos, and copies of important papers in waterproof bags in a safe place such as a safe deposit box. Include photos of drivers’ license, interior and exterior of home, medication list, names, addresses & phone numbers of doctors, insurance agents, family and friends along with list of account numbers and policy numbers.
- Post a list of emergency numbers by your phones, make sure your children know how and when to call 911. If you still have a home phone line, have a corded phone that plugs directly into the wall’s phone jack. If the power goes out, a cordless phone will not work.
- Check your insurance coverage, flood damage is not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance.
- Stock your Must-Have supplies such as prescriptions.
- Use a NOAA weather radio and replace batteries every 6 months.
The State of Florida has marked June 2, 2017 thru June 4, 2017 as “Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday”. Here is a list of those tax exempt items. Please note, these items are not tax exempt at airports. (Banyan Pilot Shop). For more information, click here.