5 Essential Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017

Hurricanes are a tremendous force of destruction to property and individuals. Each year, they result in over a billion dollars in damages across the US.  You hear the weather reports and you hope one doesn’t come your way. However, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, it’s best to stay prepared. Make sure your family and property are protected.

Hurricane Preparedness 101

Hurricane preparation won’t keep a hurricane from coming and may not keep it from damaging your property. But it will make your recovery much easier and faster. Use this guide to begin your hurricane preparations today.

1) Update and restock your emergency kit.

It’s important to maintain a hurricane survival kit. In it, you will need plenty non-perishable food and water for each person for at least three days. Make sure your first aid kit is updated and complete. Include local maps (for navigation without cell phone coverage), important family documents, and flashlights with batteries. Finally, you may need shelter materials such as sleeping bags, dust masks, and extra clothes.

2) Develop and review your evacuation plan.

Now is the time to develop your evacuation plan if you haven’t already. If you have, review it and make sure it’s complete. If you live in a hurricane evacuation area, you may be required to leave the area in the case of a hurricane. Map out your evacuation route and temporary dwelling place ahead of time. Have multiple options in the case of unexpected road closings. It’s a good idea to test the routes during good weather conditions.

3) Protect your important documents.

Make copies of all your proof of ownership documents of all your major assets including your home and vehicles. Include all other important family documents. You can store these documents in your emergency kit or in another place that’s safe from hurricane damage.

4) Review your insurance coverage.

Flooding is a huge threat even after a hurricane has left the area. Many people don’t realize flooding isn’t included in standard home and renters insurance. Contact your insurance provider to see about adding flood protection.

5) Inspect your home.

It’s important to make sure there’s no existing damage that a hurricane would worsen. Look for issues in the overall structure. Pay particular attention to the roof. It’s important to address problem areas before the storm comes. Contact a general contractor to go over all the issues and make renovations. Lastly, find out additional ways to reinforce and structurally strengthen your roof and home.

Preparing for the Storm

This year for Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure your home and property are protected in the case of a hurricane. They’re far too valuable and the damage potential far too great to leave to chance. Get started with this guide to hurricane preparedness.

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