Subtropical Storm Nicole is forecast to keep strengthening and is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it approaches Florida’s east coast late Wednesday into Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said Monday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Nicole’s arrival. The Sunshine State faces long-duration impacts from pounding surf, strong winds and torrential rain, and as a result, AccuWeather forecasters have rated Nicole a 1 on the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale for Hurricanes. This scale takes into account the effects of storm surge, coastal erosion, flooding, wind and economic damage, while the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale accounts for wind intensity only.



  • Having an emergency kit to prepare for natural disasters such as hurricanes is essential. A basic kit may include things such as canned food, first aid supplies, alternative light source, as well as other items. In addition, it is important to include a gallon of water for each person and pet for at least three days.


  • Making an emergency plan that includes all the members of your immediate family is a great way to get organized before a storm. The plan can include alternative ways to contact family members, what to do if you get separated, and important contact information.


  • Hurricanes bring inevitable damage to structures, including homes. Making sure that items such as paint or cleaning agents are secured or stored properly can prevent the release of chemicals and substances, which helps to mitigate household hazardous waste (HHW) during hurricanes.


  • It’s important to know who to call during emergencies. If you have an immediate or life-threatening issue, always call 911. If you witness an oil, chemical, or hazardous substance spill or discharge resulting from a hurricane, call the National Response Center at 800-424-8802.


  • Be sure to share preparedness resources with friends and family. There are many tools that are available that can increase safety for people and communities.
Natural disasters such as hurricanes can negatively impact our health, safety, and the environment. These are various ways the public can protect themselves and the environment before a storm lands.
Another great way to insure you and your family are prepared is to download the recently updated FEMA APP.

If you or your family finds yourself in a situation where you are facing a disaster and need assistance, we hope these tips are helpful. As always, please remember Luxury Corporate Lodging is fully committed to supporting our FEMA guests and is always just a phone call away!

Jill Whittaker
President, Luxury Corporate Lodging