The time for hurricane preparedness is now! With Hurricane Elsa recently hitting Florida, it’s imperative that you take the necessary steps to prepare your home before another storm hits. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the things you can do to make sure your home and your family is ready in case a hurricane threatens Florida. Hopefully these tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe during an impending storm!
Check Your Insurance Policy to See if it Covers Hurricane Damage
It is not unusual to find that your home insurance policy does not cover wind and flood damage. If this is the case, it may be time to get coverage. Look around for quotes to find the best option for you.
It is also a good idea to make a home inventory list; this will be useful if you need to file an insurance claim. You can write out a list but it is also a good idea to take videos before the storm.
Ensure Your Home and Yard is Prepared
Identify safe places away from windows and remove any objects near windows that could be blown around by strong winds. Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that might blow away in high winds. Have a roofer come out to check your roof and if you’re able, look into upgrading to a more sturdy roofing option. If you’re surrounded by big trees, it may be a good idea to have a tree expert come out and check them safely. Then trim or remove any trees that could potentially be a hazard.
Create a Family Plan
Along with making sure your home is physically prepared for a storm, it is important to make sure your family is prepared as well. Stock up on bottled water, canned goods, and other nonperishable foods. Make sure you have enough for everyone in your family for at least three days. It is also a good idea to have a battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries on hand.
If you live in an evacuation zone, make plans for where to go before the storm hits. Stay informed about the latest updates about the storm’s path and have a list of emergency numbers just in case.
Being Prepared is Best
Preparing for a hurricane can be daunting, but it is important to make sure you are prepared. Take the time now to check your insurance policy, prepare your home, and create a family plan so that when the storm hits, you will have a game plan in place.
If you’re looking for even more hurricane preparedness tips and information, our CEO Lindsey DellaSala recently spoke with News4Jax on the topic, watch below.