Hurricane season comes and goes every year. Some years Floridians get the brunt force of hurricanes while others, the storms barely miss us. However, regardless of what happens, we all need to prepare the right way. And while everyone approaches preparation a little bit differently, there are some basics of preparing everyone should do. Whether you are new to Florida or have been a resident forever, refreshing on the topic can only help. And who better to get your hurricane ready than your local Florida public adjusters at Tri-County Public Adjusters. Below we outline five steps you can take to ensure you and your loved ones are safe from any hurricanes over the next six months.
Hurricane Shutters or Windows
Everyone reacts differently to hearing there’s a hurricane coming. The fight or flight mode kicks on, and we all follow our instincts. Some people choose to stay behind, while others may decide to leave the state while the storm passes. However, whatever it is you do, you need to protect your house. The wind speeds of hurricanes can go up to as powerful and fast as 200 miles per hour. Every hurricane or tropical storm is different, but you need to prepare for the worst. Without hurricane shutters or windows, you run the risk of something breaking through the windows of your home. When this happens, the roof has the potential to lift, and your furniture could get destroyed.
Stock Up On Supplies
If you are deciding to stay put, as many people do, you want to gather supplies. Your Florida public adjusters recommend doing this at the beginning of hurricane season. If a storm is on the way, you can have peace of mind that you are ready. If the storm misses us, you can save your supplies for the next hurricane. The hurricane supplies we recommend getting are bottles of water, canned goods, food that does not perish, flashlights, a first aid kit, extra baby supplies, and extra medications. Supplies are vital just in case the power goes out. You want to have the stuff to survive while stores and pharmacies are closed down. Also, you may want to purchase a generator if you do not have one. These devices can power part of your house while the power is out. That means you can sleep comfortably or charge your phone.
Make an Evacuation Plan
Evacuations do not happen all of the time. And they most often are not mandatory unless you live near the ocean. However, there is always the chance that everyone in an area will need to evacuate. Just in case you find yourself in this situation, you want to be prepared. You can do this by having copies of important documents, such as your birth certificate. You also want to coordinate evacuation plans with family members to ensure everyone’s safety. If you have pets, keep them in mind for your evacuation plans, too. You do not need to leave your pet behind.
Find a Shelter Room
You will likely not need your shelter room, but it might make you feel more comfortable. This room should have no windows, have blankets and other supplies you may need. Everyone will need a shelter room just in case a tornado makes landfall. However, during most hurricanes, people can relax in any area of their home. But, the shelter room is helpful for pets or those who get anxious during storms.
Move Your Car
Before the hurricane moves in our direction, you want to move your car strategically. When the wind speeds get bad, trees and power lines can fall. If your vehicle is directly under them, chances are that it could get destroyed or damaged. The best thing to do is move it as close to your garage as possible. You want to ensure it’s away from anything that could fall on top of it.
We Can Help!
Hurricane season is only two months away, and those two months will fly by. It’s never too early to keep some of these ways of preparing in mind. Also, keep in mind that our Florida public adjusters can help you out with property damage insurance claims. To learn more about Tri-County Florida Public Adjusters hurricane damage services, click here (https://tricountypublicadjusters.com/services/hurricane-damage/) or reach out to us at (305) 506-1363.