Preparing Kids for a Hurricane

When a tropical storm or hurricane heads toward Florida, it is impossible to escape the worry and fear that accompanies it. From panicked friends and relatives to news stories on TV, to school dismissals, to evacuations and emergency runs to the grocery or hardware store, storms can be scary and disruptive for everyone – especially […]

Helpful Neighbor

Whether you live in a residential neighborhood, apartment building, or a more rural area, there is comfort knowing your neighbors – and knowing they are there for you if needed. When you know your neighbors and they know you, you can be there for each other before, during and after hurricanes or other emergencies. Here […]

After the hurricane

When Florida faces a hurricane, we know the actual storm is only the beginning.  The winds and rains can cause tremendous damage while the storm is in full force – but they also leave countless hazards in their path after everything has calmed. Take these precautions to keep you and your family safe from a […]

Man taping his windows

As Floridians, we at VYRD have probably heard every weather-related myth and fable that you have.  While some of these may contain some truth, others need some updating – which is what our team did recently with 10 common hurricane-related statements we hear regularly. To help you better prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, take […]

Evacuation Route

Living near Florida’s coast is a blessing – and, during storm season, can be a curse. Obviously, the coastal areas are most at risk of hurricane, flood, and storm surge damage – and at times weather conditions may cause officials to declare mandatory evacuations. To find out if you are in an evacuation zone (as […]

family emergency planning

When a disaster caused by hurricanes, flooding or other natural event takes place, communications with family members, schools, medical professionals and other first responders is key. Florida families should have an emergency contact/communication plan in place and available to everyone in the home (including children) so they know how to reach you during or after […]

Weather App

Weather information has never been so readily available – which, for us Floridians, can literally be lifesaving. Countless free apps can easily be downloaded to inform you of developing storm status and evacuation alerts. While your local TV, radio, or weather station likely have helpful apps, here are just a few national and statewide ones […]

Hurricane Toolkit Checklist

As fellow Floridians, we here at VYRD know firsthand how fast a storm can churn from a tropical storm into a full-blown hurricane – possibly putting your property in its path of damage. So, quite naturally, we are big fans of being hurricane-prepared! When a storm suddenly makes a turn straight for your community, you […]