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7 Things To Keep In Mind As Hurricane Season Approaches

Posted on Wednesday, May 6 2015

The 1st of June officially marks the start of hurricane season in Florida. Taking the time to properly prepare before a hurricane hits—and even before the threat of one hitting—can ultimately save you time and money while protecting you and your home during a potential storm. Staying safe and prepared this hurricane season should be a high priority on your summer “to do” list.

To get you started, here are a few tips on what to do right now, as hurricane season quickly approached:

  1. Compile a thorough list of numbers for local emergency public safety and law enforcement officials for both you and your family.
  2. Spend some time in the yard and trim up all of your plants, trees, etc., ensuring that you get rid of loose branches. This will prevent your plants from being damaged or causing damage during a storm.
  3. Make a binder will all of your insurance and property information. This will help expedite the claims process in the event that your home or property is damaged.
  4. Research restoration companies and get quotes for potential repairs. If a storm hits and you have significant damage to your home and need repairs, this will help expedite the process and reduce price gouging after a storm. Plus, since you’re simply shopping around “just in case” a storm hits and you have damage, you’ll be able to take your time and find the best company with the best prices.
  5. Research evacuation zones and plan an evacuation route.
  6. Take the time to learn the elevation of your property. Is it prone to floods? This will help you prepare for the worst in case of storm surge or tidal flooding.
  7. If you live in a high-rise, make a plan in advance and find a spot where you will take shelter that’s on or below the 10th floor.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

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