5 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season
June officially marks the start of Hurricane Season, and while you can can't predict if disaster is going to strike, it is best to be prepared. Although you can not prevent all storm and water damage to your home, you can organize emergency plans in advance. The following guide explains how you can reduce damage to your property and protect your family.
How to Get Ready for Hurricane Season
1. Create an Emergency Kit
If you do not already have an emergency kit, now is the time to put one together. This kit should include extra batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and a weather radio. Include a supply of non-perishable food, water, and prescription medication just in case. If you already have a kit, inspect and replace any expired items.
2. Review Evacuation Plans
If you have to leave your home during a storm, set up a travel plan. Review your local authority's evacuation routes and take note of any updates. Have a plan for evacuating your pets, and store important documents in an easily accessible location so that you can leave quickly. Do a practice run with the family to identify any issues and correct them before an actual emergency occurs.
3. Protect Windows
Installing storm shutters will protect your windows during a fierce hurricane. However, covering the glass with plywood can also offer a layer of protection against broken glass and water damage. If you do not have this material on hand, consider purchasing some in advance.
4. Clean Your Yard
Remove anything from your yard that could fall or knock into your home due to high winds. For example, you can remove dead tree branches or limbs that hang over your roof. Store any loose items like patio furniture or lawn equipment in a safe place. As a result, you will protect your family and property from harm.
5. Review Insurance Policies
Before hurricane season, review your homeowner's insurance policy to confirm you have adequate coverage for storm and water damage. If a storm is in the forecast, take videos or pictures of your belongings. This precaution will help you file an insurance claim so that you can prove the weather harmed your items.
If a hurricane does strike, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help. We have been providing restoration services to homeowners and businesses throughout Clay County since 2019. Our IICRC certified team can restore damage from fire, water, and mold.
Call us today at 904-290-4040 for more information or to schedule a free estimate!