If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you know how important it is to be fully prepared for potential disasters. Taking the time to review your home and vehicle will give you a good idea of how prepared you really are. Many things are simple to do, like recaulking all of your doors and windows or making sure you have a generator and the fuel to operate. Other precautions will take some time so starting early is essential.
Tips to Stay Hurricane Ready
Hurricane season usually extends from June 1st to November 30th. It’s important to monitor your weather closely and to stay up to date on evacuation routes. Planning ahead is extremely important. Keep a close watch when weather models are updated so that you have a little more time to prepare if a storm starts to develop.
Check Your Roof
Your roof is sometimes the hardest hit area of your home during a hurricane. Check your shingles and eaves to see if you need to re-enforce the trusses so that they can withstand high winds and rain. Make any necessary repairs before you get too far into hurricane season. If it’s time for a new roof, look for a metal one. They are more expensive but they last years longer and are more resistant to storm damage.
Protect Your Windows
Protect your windows and doors by upgrading your shutters and making sure they are in good working order. If any repairs are needed, make them now before you get too far into storm season. You don’t want to wait until a storm hits to find out that your shutters are damaged. The same is true for your entry doors and any awnings you may have in place. Check them all once a month or more to ensure they are all in good working order.
Secure Your Lawn
Your lawn contains a variety of things that could damage your home in a storm. Get rid of hard mulch or landscaping and replace it with softer materials. Secure your lawn furniture so that it won’t get blown around. Make sure any lawn sculptures or fountains are secure as well. Every time you mow your lawn, go over it carefully and remove any debris. Small limbs, twigs, and bushes should all be picked up and removed.
Keep a Road Atlas in Your Car
One of the most essential things you should keep in your car is a road atlas. This will help you find your way out if an evacuation route is compromised or congested. Get to know the roads in your area and learn where all of the gas stations are. Keep your car full of gas so that if you do need to leave in a hurry, your gas gauge won’t add stress to your situation.
Create an Emergency Travel Kit
Create an emergency travel kit for situations where you may not have a lot of time to pack. Include a few gallons of water, a map, flashlight, extra clothes, batteries, medications, and personal hygiene items. Include anything that you know you will need over a 2 to 3 day period. Put a small amount of cash in the kit as well. Don’t forget to include first aid supplies.
Living in a hurricane-prone area doesn’t have to be stressful if you are fully prepared. Also, make sure to protect your home with the right insurance policy. Reach out to our experts at Locke Insurance Group for all your home insurance needs. We are here to get you covered today!