With most parts of Florida back to normal after Hurricane Irma, the storm that could have devastated our Sunshine State, it can be tempting to write off the hurricane and move on. Experts say awaiting a big storm can even cause hurricane-related post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
Irma’s death toll was relatively low in Florida thanks in part to scientific advances in forecasting (similar storms that hit the U.S. in the early 1900s saw death tolls in the thousands), although dozens still lost their lives. And even though the storm made landfall in the U.S. much weaker than expected, It’s predicted that property damage could cost as much as $65 billion.
So what can we learn from Irma? Here are some takeaways from the team at Max Guard Hurricane Windows.
Preparation Is Key
Hurricane preparation is always a good thing, even if happens at the last possible moment. But as Hurricane Irma showed us, last-minute planning can cause unnecessary stress. You’re also more likely to encounter issues like fuel shortages, long lines at grocery stores and hurricane window and door specialists having full schedules.
Take advantage of our clear skies and breezy weather and stock up on necessary supplies now. Store shelves are full, and you won’t have to wait in long lines. It’s also important to get your home up to hurricane standards. Do you have doors and windows that can hold up to hurricane-strength winds, or are they unable to withstand a bad storm?
Although Irma brought tragedy in the U.S. and abroad, forecasters and residents alike breathed a sigh of relief as the storm weakened. It’s easy to think any preparation you did before Irma – whether it was evacuating or fortifying your home – was a waste of time. Remember that Florida was exceptionally lucky during the hurricane, and the next storm could be even worse. Hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30, so we could potentially get hit by another storm before the year’s end.
Use the things you learned from Irma to your advantage, and start preparing for the next storm today. Reach out to our team at Max Guard Hurricane Windows and find out more about how impact windows and wind-resistant doors can help protect your home. Give us a call at 561-276-7100 or request a free quote here.