If you live in Florida, you know hurricanes are a risk every year. But with signs of La Niña in the Atlantic, this year’s hurricane season is currently on pace to match the number of named storms in 2005’s record-breaking season. As of August 2020, we have had 11 named storms in the Atlantic one month before peak hurricane season. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration states the “updated outlook calls for 19-25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 7-11 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).”
Preparing for a hurricane is critical knowledge to have as a homeowner right now. How can you get and stay prepared? Here are our top tips…
Designate a Safe Room
Choose an interior room on the first floor of your home with no windows. This could be a laundry room, a large hall closet, or a bathroom. Your family should be able to comfortably sit inside. Furthermore, you should store a battery-operated radio, some flashlights, and a first aid kit inside. Once a hurricane watch is issued, you should also include a 3-day supply of food and water.
Maintain Your Lawn
Storms have strong winds. Make sure your trees and shrubs are maintained to prevent branches and debris from flying around during a storm. When a hurricane watch is issued, you should put away all lawn furniture and anything else that might be picked up and thrown at your home.
Strengthen Your Home
Make sure all your windows and doors are in working order. That means no drafts, loose locks, or cracks. Your windows, doors, siding, and roof are your home’s first line of defense. Consider upgrading to storm windows specifically designed to withstand powerful winds and pressure. Not only will you protect your home, but you’ll also increase your energy efficiency year-round, and you won’t have to mess with storm shutters.
Read over your policy and make sure you understand what is and is NOT covered. If you have any questions, contact your agent and get clarification before a storm hits. Take a video of the outside and inside of your home to document baseline conditions and contents.
For more tips on getting and staying ready for a hurricane, download our complete Hurricane Preparedness Guide here!
If you’re ready to make the switch and finally ditch those clunky storm shutters, contact us today for a free quote! Our representative will cover all your options, answer any questions you might have, and give you a custom quote that’s good for 12 months. Take the first step towards peace of mind, request a quote now.
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