Your Home And A Hurricane | We Were Lucky This Season, But Are You Prepared?
Though Hurricane season in South Florida is at an end, your home should always be hurricane proof and ready weather any storm.
When a hurricane or typhoon (as in most recent news happening in the Philippines) hits a town, most people are in complete shock and disbelief; they think this could never happen to me or that they never saw it coming. Hurricanes can tear down homes and communities in a matter of seconds leaving you and your loved ones without shelter. The best time to prepare for a hurricane is not when you see the storm on your local news station heading your way, it’s before. The first thing you need to do is gather important information and contact numbers. Know the evacuation route in your area and keep a list of contact information for reference. Good example of numbers would be County Law Enforcement, Local Hospitals and Local Emergency Management Offices. Doing an inventory on your home is a great idea so when the time comes to file a claim, it will be easier for you. The most important thing is making sure that your home has hurricane shutters and you are knowledgeable how to put them up. You will also need head and foot boards for the doors that will give extra protection against flooding as well as hurricane straps to hold the roof and walls of your home. Stock up on the necessary items for your home like cases of water, perishable foods, first aid kit, battery powered flashlight, tolls for any repairs, medication needed for any family members and blankets. The last thing you need to do to successfully prepare for a hurricane is take the important papers with you. This includes social security cards, passport, Identification cards, unpaid bills, stocks, bonds and birth certificate. If you follow these strategic steps to prepare your home and family before the storm hits, you will be better off in the long run.