Hurricane season can be a source of anxiety for anyone living in the affected region, and South Florida is certainly in that area. The key to a safe season for yourself and your family is early preparation, but you might not know where to start. The team at Max Guard Hurricane Windows is here to help; read on for our top five ways to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season.
1. Prepare an evacuation plan
Sit down with your family and plan out some strategies for how you’ll get in contact with one another in the case of separation. Contact your local government to learn if there are evacuation plans in place for your area, then choose a set location where everyone will meet up if an emergency evacuation causes you to leave your home, county, or state. Preparing these routes and checkpoints ahead of time will ensure that everyone is aware of where to meet at different points in time. Provide everyone with a copy of the plan.
2. Create an emergency kit
Having an emergency kit is essential during the hurricane season. Your emergency kit should include:
Water: 1 gallon per day per person (up to 3-7 days)
Food: enough for 3-7 days, including non-perishable packaged or canned food
First-aid Kit with medicine, prescription drugs, and bandages
Check out Florida’s Division of Emergency Management detailed list for a disaster supply kit.
3. Protect your home
You should inspect your home to ensure that there is no existing damage a hurricane could worsen. Any issues with the overall structure of your house need immediate repairs. Secure weak points in your home that are susceptible to damages by debris flying from the hurricane winds, namely windows and doors. Switching from shutters to hurricane windows is a great way to protect your home from strong winds that can loosen or knock shutters over.
4. Backup your electronics
Backup electronic devices and ensure that essential information you may need is readily retrievable in case of flooding or worse. After doing so, store them at an alternate location in case the hurricane causes damage to your home or the device itself. An alternative could be to save valuable information on a virtual server, such as the Cloud, so you can easily access it at another time or location.
5. Make copies of important documents
Loss of relevant documents during a hurricane can cause significant headaches and unwanted legal trouble. So if you’re a homeowner, keep copies of your proof of ownership for your home, cars, boats, or other properties. Store these documents in an emergency kit or any sheltered location without risk of being damaged during the hurricane.
Are you prepared for the hurricane season?
Contact the professionals at Max Guard Hurricane Windows to start preparing for hurricane season! Call us today at (561) 276-7100 to see how we can help you get to prepare for the hurricane, or visit our website to receive a FREE quote!