COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-- When it comes to planning first you'll want to make sure your home is safe and secure if you have to evacuate. Here are just a few ways you can do just that.
One of the biggest hurricane worries is what's happening inside the house if you've evacuated. One local company called, myenviro.com, came up with a device that can monitor your home's condition constantly.
"Our device monitors the temperature and humidity of your condo or residence through the internet," says Michelle Borders of myenviro.com.
You can actually watch the temperature and humidity level inside your home online from anywhere that there's a computer. The catch: you have to continue to subscribe to the internet and keep you computer connection active while your gone. There's also a monthly fee attached and the cost of the monitoring device. However, every little change to your home's environment and you are notified immediately.
"Let's say the power goes out and we're not getting a signal then you're going to get an email or a text message to let you know that we're not. When the power comes back up you'll get another message telling you," says Borders.
But that's just one way to use your internet and computer to make life a little stressful during a storm. Last year we found out about another one that will save you from packing up.
A digital vault is a secure online sight that allows you to store important documents. That way no matter where you are in the world, as long as there is internet access you can access your important documents. Some companies, like financial groups, offer free versions to clients. Other companies sell the service.
And don't forget about security. After Charley and Wilma, landline phones that kept burglar alarms talking with monitoring centers, went out. Now you can convert to a cellular transmitter. That way as long as your battery holds, you're protected. The cost for that is usually around 200 to 300 dollars.