A Quick Guide to Hurricane Preparation

Published June 14th, 2021 by Claim Help Lawyers

While there's never a good time for a hurricane, it definitely pays to take the proper precautions. More to the point, the damage done to your Florida property and household can be significantly less if you prepare for the season.

In this hurricane preparation guide, we'll share with you safety advice as well as how to reduce the risk of property damage before a storm hits. We'll also offer some tips on getting proper insurance coverage as well as choosing the right property damage attorney.

Read on to discover all the information you need on how to get your home ready for hurricane season.

1. Get Shutters on Your Windows

Storm warnings don't always give you enough time to nail boards over all your windows. It's best to put shutters on your windows that you can shut quickly when a storm is on the way.

2. Have a Survival Plan

Next, make sure you discuss with your household a plan of action in the event of a hurricane. For instance, you should choose a safe room where you can all stay together—if you don't have a storm shelter, that is. This should be the largest space you have on the first floor that doesn't have any windows.

Also, be prepared to shut off the water, electricity, and gas if you need to. Find out where these shutoff valves are. And everyone in the house needs to know where the storm kit is and how to use its provisions responsibly. 

3. Prepare Your Generator

If you have a generator, make sure you're stocked up on fuel at all times. Keep your generator in good repair and fuel up just before the storm hits.

If you don't have one, consider getting one. Also, keep it locked up securely so it doesn't get stolen.

4. Move Your Outdoor Items

Bring any outdoor furniture inside. Securely anchor any items you can't bring in.

5. Get Your Storm Kit Ready

Since the people in your home are far more important than your property, start by putting together a storm survival kit. This should include everything you'll need to survive three days without electricity or tap water, such as:

  • First aid provisions
  • Blankets
  • Towels and paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizer
  • Trash bags
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Power banks/chargers for phones
  • Non-perishable food
  • A can opener
  • Paper plates/disposable silverware
  • Lots of water

6. Check Your Insurance Policy

There's no point in even having homeowner's insurance if you don't know what your coverage is before it matters. Review your insurance policy now to make sure that the coverage is sufficient.

7. Choose Your Storm Damage Lawyer Now

Again, this is something you must figure out before you need it. Hurricanes are not at all uncommon in Florida. So, as soon as possible, you must get in contact with an experienced and qualified storm damage attorney who can help you in case the need arises.

Follow These Hurricane Preparation Steps Now

Failure to make your home ready for a hurricane can result in serious injuries or death. Do not let this happen to you. Use these hurricane preparation steps to prepare your house now.

Has your home or business suffered damage in a storm or accident? Contact the Coral Springs property damage lawyers at The Knoerr Law Group. We have 45+ years of collective experience and a track record of success in first-party claims!

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