How to Help Prepare for a Hurricane: Tips from The White Agency

How to Help Prepare for a Hurricane

Your level of preparation before a hurricane can determine how well you weather the storm and how quickly you recover from it. You should start preparing your home, inside and out, long before a storm is in the forecast. In the end, you can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your loved ones and your property from extreme weather events such as hurricanes.

Know the Forecast

You may hear the terms “hurricane watch” and “hurricane warning” in your local forecast. 

Understanding the difference between them is essential to helping you prepare for a hurricane. As soon as a hurricane watch or warning is forecast for your area, it is important, depending on the type of alert, to immediately begin or complete your preparations. A watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. You should begin to stock up on emergency supplies in the event a warning is issued. If you live in a coastal area, you also should be prepared to evacuate.

A warning is more serious. Hurricane-force winds (74 mph or higher) are expected to hit your area within 36 hours. You should seek shelter or evacuate, if notified to do so.

General Hurricane Preparation Tips

  • Prepare a survival kit that includes items such as water and non-perishable food for everyone, including your pets; medications; a portable radio; flashlights; batteries; and battery chargers for your cell phones and other portable electronic devices, which can be powered by your car.
  • Plan your evacuation route and leave as soon as an evacuation order is issued. Also, fuel up your car before you leave.
  • Build a content inventory of the items in your home or at your business.
  • Secure all outdoor objects or move them inside. Close your home’s storm shutters and board up windows and glass doors as appropriate.
  • If possible, bring in gas or charcoal grills, but do not use them indoors. Also, do not store propane tanks inside the house or garage. Chain propane tanks in an upright position to a secure object away from your home.
  • Secure your boat or move it to a safer place.
  • Fill your emergency generator fuel tank, if you have one, and have spare fuel on hand. Store generator fuel in an approved container in a garage or shed, away from open flames, heat sources and appliances such as natural gas appliances.

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Buy-A-Brick and help support our Girl Scout’s Veterans Memorial Garden

Buy-A-Brick and help support our Girl Scout’s Veterans Memorial Garden


Third year Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4638 is excited to start working toward their Silver Award project: A Veteran’s Memorial Garden. This is a lasting tribute to all current and future US Military Personnel. Troop 4638 has partnered with the Avalon Park American Legion Post 409, Avalon Church (graciously donated the land for the garden) and the Avalon Park Property Owner’s Association.


This garden will pay tribute to all 5-branches of our US Armed Forces. It will incorporate an area for reflection, a center monument, an illuminated American Flag, a depository box for tattered American Flags (to be collected by the American Legion), thoughtful landscaping and memorial brick pavers to be engraved as the border & fundraising component for this Memorial Garden.


Troop 4638 will kick-off this project on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM (weather permitting). They plan to have the project completed by Memorial Day of 2019, when the girls will turn-over the completed garden to the American Legion members. 


Please consider purchasing an engraved brick and become part of a lasting memorial here in Avalon Park.

New Mediterranean Restaurant Opening in Downtown Avalon Park


Avalon Park, Fla. (May 17, 2018) – Mejana, a new restaurant concept featuring fresh Mediterranean fare, is coming to Downtown Avalon Park in June.

The restaurant, co-owned by Amr Sam and Alex Abdo, will feature fresh gluten free falafel, hummus and shwawrma and gyros at reasonable prices.

One of the specialties at Mejana will be the first restaurant in Orlando to offer a unique Italian treat that will be unveiled at opening. The equipment to make this desert is being ordered from Italy.

“There’s no better place in Orlando than Avalon Park to open this concept,” Sam says. “We know the tens of thousands of people in and around this community will love the very unique meals Mejana will offer.”

Avalon Park has strived to offer a diverse group of restaurants in its downtown location. From cupcakes to cheesesteak, pizza to Mediterranean, Avalon Park’s downtown offers just about any type of restaurant for any taste.

Mejana is expected to open in June 15 at 12001 Avalon Park Blvd. East, Ste. A. The restaurant is leasing nearly 2,000 square feet.

“We believe this restaurant will be a hit, particularly their very unique desert not found any place else in Central Florida,” says Stephanie Lerret, senior vice president of marketing & community relations, Avalon Park Group. “Downtown Avalon Park is quickly becoming a restaurant mecca with its very unique tenants who have chosen to locate here.”

About Avalon Park Group

Avalon Park Group is a uniquely diversified family of companies engaged in businesses ranging from master-planned community development, to home building, mining, geographical information systems and property management, in Florida, Texas and Switzerland.  Avalon Park Group combines its exceptional reputation, sound business experience and significant financial resources to invest in extraordinary opportunities.  As such, the group replaces corporate bureaucracy with efficient and unrestricted decision making.  Avalon Park Group combines vision, skill and experience to create sustainable communities. For more information on Avalon Park Group, visit or call 407-658-6565.


Contact: Stephanie Lerret, Avalon Park Group, 407-427-6073, or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470,

Veterans Memorial Garden Coming to Avalon Park

Girls Scouts, American Legion, Avalon Church and Property Owners’ Association come together to hold Memorial Day ceremony


What: As part of Avalon Park’s Memorial Day celebrations, several groups are coming together to start building a memorial garden for veterans in the community’s central garden.


The garden will be built by volunteers, who are seeking donations from the community members to help purchase supplies for the garden. Avalon Church is donating the land for the garden.


This is part of the Girl Scout Cadette Troop working towards their Silver Award.


Who: ·         Girl Scout Troop #4638

·         Avalon Park American Legion Post #409

·         Avalon Park Property Owners’ Association

·         Avalon Church


When: Monday, May 28, 2018

10 a.m.


Where: Avalon Park Community Garden

13460 Tanja King Blvd.

Orlando, Fla 32828


Media Contact: Alan Byrd                                                                  

Alan Byrd & Associates



About Avalon Park
Avalon Park is an 1,860-acre neighborhood located in southeast Orange County, nestled beside the serene, natural surroundings of the Econlockhatchee River. Avalon Park has 240 acres of wetlands, 400 acres of upland preserve, 250 acres of man-made lakes, walking/biking trails and a pool with cabana located in the center of each neighborhood village.  Development principles are based on New Urbanism planning concepts, which emphasizes human-scale communities in which traditional-style neighborhoods are within easy walking distance of the town center to foster an improved quality of life for residents of all ages. Bringing this principle to life includes a mix of housing types, civic uses, office/commercial buildings and Downtown Avalon Park.

For more information on Avalon Park, visit or call 407-658-6565.

Contact: Stephanie Lerret, Avalon Park Group, 407-427-6073 or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470,

Downtown Business of the Week: Primrose School at Avalon Park

Why Balanced Learning Works

It’s a fact: children learn better when they are engaged. That’s why purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers are key components of Balanced Learning. See how this time-tested approach with a strong emphasis on life skills and character development can help your child develop and excel.

More Than a Curriculum

Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration.

Then, building on that skill to learn the next one comes naturally. And learning becomes just so much fun! Before you know it, you have a confident child who loves learning. And what could be more rewarding than that?

Early Learning Domains



Each child learns in different ways. The Primrose Balanced Learning® approach provides teachers with the tools and guidance to accommodate children’s natural curiosity and to fully support each child while building problem solving skills and confidence.



Children are natural scientists. They use their senses and special technological tools to observe and investigate their world, recording and analyzing their findings through writing, drawing or taking photos.



The early years are critical for literacy development. From sign language and story time in younger classrooms, to phonics and eventually reading and writing in our older ones, your child develops important literacy skills and a love of reading.



Visual and creative arts stimulate imagination and creative thinking. In our proprietary Primrose Early Art Masters™ program, children discover early and contemporary artists and practice their techniques in their own masterpieces.



Active children become active adults. We show your child fun ways to practice proper techniques for movement, balance and motor skills with plenty of time to slide, climb and run on our age-appropriate playgrounds.



Early experiences with math help children develop reasoning skills, inventiveness and persistence in problem solving. Our math program introduces numbers, measurement and patterns through hands-on learning.



Developing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®

At Primrose Schools®, we pay close attention to all facets of a child’s growth including social, emotional, physical, creative, cognitive and character development. Our proprietary programs in music, art, gardening, life skills and foreign language were developed especially for our curriculum. And when it comes to helping your child reach their full potential, we leave no stone unskipped, unpainted or unturned.

Fourth of July Apple Pie Bake-Off

4th of July Apple Pie Bake-Off

Who has a tasty apple pie recipe they want to share? Get your ingredients ready for our annual pie bake-off! Winner will receive an awesome prize!

Business of the Week Feature-Avalon Park YMCA

Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own to plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up—provided their properly supported.


The Y wants to ensure all kids in Avalon Park community awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result. As children grow and reach their true potential, they can accomplish great things.


That’s why, on April 21 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, we’re hosting Healthy Kids Day®, a chance to help ensure families have the tools they need to help kids stay active and engaged all summer long. The annual event is a nationwide-initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. When a child is healthy, happy, motivated and excited, amazing things are bound to happen! Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play. Across the nation nearly 1.2 million participants will partake in games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more. Here at the Avalon Park YMCA families and children will learn and play together, to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.


“As we head into the summer, the Y wants to help awaken their imaginations and help them achieve amazing things. There are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body,” said Craig James, Executive Director of the Avalon Park YMCA, “and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and engage kids to stay physically and intellectually active over the summer.”


In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:


  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.


We can’t wait to see you at our Healthy Kids Day!

Avalon Park YMCA
12001 Avalon Lake Drive, Ste. M-P

33 & Melt Opening Second Location in Downtown Avalon Park

33 & Melt Opening Second Location in Downtown Avalon Park


Avalon Park, Fla. (April 6, 2018) – The very popular Windermere stop for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, craft beer and more is expanding with a second location in the heart of Downtown Avalon Park.

“We’ve seen a tremendous success with this concept in Windermere and are ready to bring 33 & Melt to a new audience,” says Carrie Hudson, owner of 33 & Melt. “The community of Avalon Park, with a long record of supporting great businesses in the downtown area, was a perfect place to bring our concept.”
Avalon Park has strived to offer a diverse group of restaurants in its downtown location. From cupcakes to cheesesteak, pizza to Mediterranean, Avalon Park’s downtown offers just about any type of restaurant for any taste.

33 & Melt is expected to open in late May at 12001 Avalon Lake Drive, Ste. H.

“Everyone loves a great grilled cheese sandwich because of the memories of childhood,” says Stephanie Lerret, senior vice president of marketing & community relations, Avalon Park Group. “We’re already hearing from residents who are extremely excited about this concept opening in Downtown Avalon Park.”

33 & Melt offers a variety of delicious and unique gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and appetizers prepared in house and fresh daily. In addition, the establishment offers select craft beer, including several local breweries, and small estate wines by the glass.

Contact: Stephanie Lerret, Avalon Park Group, 407-427-6073, or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470,


Small Business Insurance


Cynthia Bravo-White

MetLife Auto & Home

3662 Avalon Park E Blvd

Orlando FL 32828


Small Businesses are the heart and backbone of the American dream.  There are over 27.9 million small businesses registered in the U.S.  Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970’s.   Over 73% of all Small Businesses are registered as sole proprietors. 

Small businesses have done an excellent job of getting out the message to their new and prospective clients with the brand awareness campaign “Shop Local”.   Small businesses have some unique characteristics which need some customized coverages, but for the most part most business owners need to protect their businesses from the normal day to day risks that affect most businesses big or small.

Small businesses generally reported being less concerned about a number of business riskscompared to businesses overall, including cyber-related risks and legal liability related toemployee driving accidents. Small businesses are also less likely to have a business continuityplan.


Small businesses report being slightly less concerned about business risk than businessesoverall, with 33% saying business is getting somewhat or much more risky, compared with 37%of businesses of all sizes. It’s a theme that is consistent across the top five business concernsfor small businesses, which include cyber risks, increasing employee benefits costs and legalliability.


Only 30% of small businesses reported having a business continuity plan in place, comparedwith just over half (52%) of all businesses. Consulting with insurance agents and having aninsurance to value (ITV) assessment can help small businesses evaluate whether they havesufficient property insurance limits in place.

While 56% of businesses overall are concerned about cyber risks, only 44% of small businesses list it as a top worry.


Among their leading concerns about cyber risk, small businesses are mostworried about their company’s computers becoming damaged or going down (43%), an intrudergaining access to their company’s banking accounts or financial control systems (43%), and asecurity breach, such as someone hacking into their computer system (38%). Despite theseconcerns, only 7% of small businesses report buying separate cyber coverage, and 39% saidthey did not need cyber insurance because of other protections they had in place.


Businesses of all sizes should seriously consider buying cyber liability protection especially  if the business takes payments, enters and stores personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers of their clients.  Protecting a small business with a variety of Commercial insurance is not expensive and in many cases can be the differentiate in that business fully recovering from a significant loss.