June 11, 2019
How to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is upon us in Florida, running from June 1 to November 30, and it is important to plan ahead before the peak of the season between August and October. Having thorough preparations in place is necessary to ensure the safety of your home, property and family. Read through these tips to prepare:
- With wind being the biggest danger during a hurricane, take time to walk around your home and trim or get rid of any damaged branches, weak trees or loose items. This will reduce the risk of your home or vehicles being impaired.
- Consider purchasing a portable generator. When bad weather hits, power is often the first thing to go. Depending on the strength of the storm, you could be out of power for hours or even multiple days. Most importantly, a generator will keep safe all your refrigerated food.
- For insurance purposes, take photos of your home before a storm hits. This includes the outside front and back, valuables and each room. In the event of severe damage, having documentation of your property can be extremely helpful.
- Have storm-guard precautions for your home ready. This includes buying or making storm shutters for your windows, installing bolts at the top and bottom of entry doors, strapping down the roof with hurricane straps and protecting any attached structures near your home.
These are tips for ensuring the structure of your home and valuables will be as safe as possible for a storm, and in the event a hurricane is expected to hit near you, it’s also important to research and find the closest evacuation route or shelter. It also never hurts to have extra bottled water and canned foods, as well as staying on top of your local news channels to put these precautions in place well before the storm hits.