South Florida living is pretty great, except when it comes time for hurricane season. Fortunately, there are some simple steps homeowners can take to protect themselves and their home from hurricane damage. Our blog explores some of the common mistakes made in a hurricane and what you can do to better plan and protect yourself and your family.
1. Being Complacent
Due to quieter-than-usual hurricane seasons, people often become complacent and don’t take the threat of hurricanes as seriously as they should. It’s important to be aware of the threats for your location and take the appropriate precautions. Make a hurricane plan and start preparing well in advance. Create a disaster supply kit, research evacuation routes and shelters, and don’t forget to make a plan for your pets.
2. Failing to Evacuate
When local officials issue an evacuation order, it’s important to understand that it is for your safety and that they are ordering it for a reason. If an evacuation is ordered, be sure to respond immediately and take your disaster supply kit with you.
3. Not Protecting the Home
If you’re a homeowner and you haven’t protected your home against a hurricane, it is essential to do so. Be sure to check your windows and doors and consider installing hurricane impact windows and shutters. In addition, inspect your roof for any damage or leaks that could be made worse by hurricane winds and rain. Remember to trim loose branches that could damage your home in the event of a hurricane.
4. Failing to Protect Important Documents
Keep important documents such as passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies in a portable, waterproof container that you can take with you in the event of a hurricane. It’s a good idea to also keep copies of these papers at the home of a trusted relative.
5. Not Checking Insurance Coverage
Be sure to review your insurance coverage and ensure that your possessions are covered. If you live near a flood zone, make sure you have flood insurance as it is not included in standard homeowner’s policies. Review your policy to know exactly what is and isn’t covered in the event of storm damage. Checking your insurance coverage is a simple, but important step in hurricane preparedness.
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