Hurricane Preparedness: How to Protect Your Home

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. A solid Central Florida Home Insurance Policy will protect your financial interests should your home suffer hurricane-related damage . With that in mind, it is imperative that your home is prepared for hurricane season.

Have a Plan

Make sure that you and your family members know where the gas and water shutoffs are for your home. If your home is damaged or compromised, turning off the gas can prevent an explosion and turning off the water can prevent flooding. Additionally, you and your family should have a clear plan should you need to evacuate quickly. You should know what route to take and know which essentials to grab (important paperwork, mementos, prescription medication, etc.) Don’t forget about your pets! If it’s too dangerous for you to remain in your home, it’s too dangerous for your pets too.

Check Your Home’s Exterior

Before your home is in the path of a hurricane, carefully evaluate your roof and flashing to make sure they are secure and in good condition. Keep trees trimmed and have dead branches removed – in gusts of wind they can become projectiles. Once a hurricane is headed your way, store lawn furniture, pots, toys, gardening tools, and anything else that may become airborne in heavy wind.

Have Emergency Supplies On Hand

Have plastic tarps on hand should your home develop a leak in the heart of the store. You’ll be able to cover furniture, carpets, etc. When you live in Florida, you should have flashlights, battery-powered radios, saws, and matches should your electricity go out. Additionally, well before a storm has developed, invest in hurricane shutters – or fit your windows with ¾-inch plywood or ½-inch marine plywood. Firmly attach the wood with screws 18 inches apart. Protecting your windows is critical. Heavy winds that enter the home through broken windows can actually lift your roof off.

Hurricane season is upon us. Prepare your home and make sure your hurricane insurance is in order. Contact us at Newman Crane & Associates Insurance, (407) 859-3691 to make sure you are protected.

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