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Hurricane Season Preparation Essentials

Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 9:05AM

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Though the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 01, forecasters contend we’re just now entering the busiest time of the year for severe weather. Meteorologists assert most storm activity occurs from late July through mid-September.

That weather activity has the potential to bring with it devastating property loss and casualties. In fact, research from NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management found damage in the wake of 2017 storms exceeded $306 billion. Researchers rank Hurricane Maria as the third most destructive storm in recent history.

While everyone hopes for the best, it’s paramount that you prepare your property and loved ones for the worst. Use this advice to get started:

Know the Hazards

The first step to formulating severe weather plans is to be aware of the various types of storm threats. That includes high winds. Along with hurricane-force gusts, forecasters say tornadoes are a common sight once tropical storms make landfall.

Heavy rainfall is another major concern. Rapid rain accumulation coupled with the sandy soil in Florida causes water to immediately run off. This sets the stage for flooding. Flash flooding in particular (quick rises in water levels) poses a unique threat to inland residents who won’t have time or means to evacuate.

Storm surges occur when high winds push ocean water toward the coast.   When that water meets a rising tide, the resulting waves could be as high as 30 feet or more. The sheer force can destroy property in seconds.

Once you know the hazards, it’s essential to contact a skilled and qualified professional who can help you secure adequate and comprehensive homeowner’s insurance well before severe weather strikes.

Plan Ahead

There’s a saying that the best time to get ready for inclement weather is when the sun’s shining. That makes now a great opportunity to create a detailed list of the items you’ll need to weather a storm.

First, create an emergency kit. At a minimum, you should include basic first-aid supplies. In addition, make sure to compile ample food and water for all members of the family for at least two weeks. Withdraw cash from the bank. ATMs and online connections won’t work if the power goes out. At this time, it’s also wise to secure important documents and precious valuables.

Next, remove debris around your residence. Board windows and take action to protect your home’s exterior. Lastly, ensure everyone in the family is on board with and fully understands their roles and responsibilities before, during, and after the storm.

Take a Proactive Approach

Once a storm is bearing down on Florida, it’s too late to make necessary plans. That’s why it’s integral to give yourself ample time to address these considerations.

In addition to the mentioned preparations, make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage in the event of property damage. Since 2002, we’ve helped countless Central Florida residents with innovative solutions to protect their major investments. Along with homeowners’ insurance, we offer a variety of other selections, including automobile insurance, flood insurance, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep you, your loved ones, and your property safe and secure no matter the weather.


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