It's that time of year again. Hurricane season is officially upon us, and it's important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. This is especially crucial for those living in Florida, as our state is no stranger to tropical storms and severe coastal weather conditions. Hurricane season typically runs from June 1st through November 30th, so there's no time like the present to get prepared!
Have a Plan
Preparing for hurricane season can seem daunting at first, don't wait until a hurricane strikes your house and wreaks havoc. It's important to have a plan in place to protect your property and, most importantly, your family. In the event of a hurricane, it's also crucial to have an evacuation route mapped out. Here are ways you can prepare before the storm:
Have Emergency Food, Water, and Supplies
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a hurricane is stock up on food and water supplies. This will ensure that you have enough to last you and your family in an emergency.
It's always good to gather emergency supplies that can last you and your family at least 7 days. This can consist of non-perishable food items, a hurricane emergency kit, a first aid kit, flashlights, medicine, and extra batteries.
Be Aware of Weather Conditions
Do you know the difference between hurricane "watch" and hurricane "warning"? Hurricane "watch" means that a Hurricane is possible in your area, while a hurricane "warning" means that a hurricane is already occurring or will be very soon. If you receive a hurricane warning, it is vital to take action immediately and evacuate to a safe location. During this time, it's essential to listen carefully for updates on National Weather Service alerts to be better prepared and take steps accordingly.
Prepare Your Home
To minimize your chances of severe property damage or loss after a hurricane, it's vital to protect your property from the storm. Here are some tips:
Clear your yard and ensure nothing has the potential to blow around during the storm that can cause damage to your property.
Cover up windows and doors.
Fill clean water containers with drinking water in case of a power outage
Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detector's battery.
It can be an overwhelming experience for a property owner if your home has suffered damage due to a storm. One of the most critical steps in preparing for a hurricane is making sure your homeowner's insurance policy covers hurricane damage. Once the storm has settled and you file a property damage claim, it's vital to speak with a skilled attorney to help evaluate your claim and handle the insurance company.
If your property has suffered damages; as a result of a tropical storm or hurricane, Chad J. Robinson, PLLC can help. Contact us today at (561) 564-0233 to schedule a free case consultation.