Prepare for Hurricane Season
1. There is a waiting period for flood insurance.
Flood insurance policies are sold by private companies through the National Flood Insurance Program and typically cover any flood damage on a home’s first and above-the-ground floors. South Florida homeowners should avoid waiting until a hurricane is on its way to start considering flood insurance coverage, as there is often a strict 30-day waiting period between the time the policy is purchased and when it goes into effect. Review your current insurance coverage early. The Florida Department of Insurance recommends that consumers consider flood insurance and review any existing homeowner, renter and auto insurance to understand what is and is not covered under their current plan well before hurricane season rolls around.
2. You want to avoid last minute long lines.
Those who wait until a hurricane warning is announced to gather supplies are typically the ones who will either end up waiting in long lines at grocery and home supply stores or go home empty-handed. Now is the time to stock up on supplies like generators, non-perishable foods, batteries, flashlights, emergency radios and any other supplies that will come in handy once storms hit.
3. It will give you time to perfect your family emergency plan.
Another benefit of pre-hurricane season planning is that this will provide you and your family with the opportunity to adjust your contingency plan. Find out if you live in an evacuation area and map out a route in the event of an emergency evacuation. Arrange shelter options with family members or friends who live outside the area and communicate this plan with each member of the household. Don’t forget to account for the furry members of your family- pet owners should have a plan in place to care for their animals in the event of a natural disaster.
4. You can fortify your home with hurricane windows.
Minimize damage by strengthening your home before hurricane season begins. Assess your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind damage and take the necessary steps to fortify your home against storms and other natural disasters. Impact-resistant windows and doors are a perfect way to protect your home as they can withstand significant collisions from debris. Unfortunately, many companies will hike up prices once Florida’s hurricane season begins on June 1st. Take advantage of off-season pricing and special offers like (Max Guard’s limited time two-year 0% financing and free installation!- https://www.maxguardhurricane.com/request-hurricane-windows-florida-quote) Have questions? Interested in installing hurricane windows for your home? Contact us at 561.276.7100 or (click here- https://www.maxguardhurricane.com/request-hurricane-windows-florida-quote) to request a quote.