Preparing for a hurricane: Six Tips
Do you live in an area that's prone to hurricane activity? Are you new to the area and want to know what you should do when a hurricane warning issue is occurring? When a hurricane is approaching, be ready. Follow our guide listing the top six tips you need to know to stay safe during hurricane season.
Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials
Depending on the severity of the hurricane, you want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. Stock up on water, bread, non-perishables, and items that you can eat without cooking. Also, make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights and headlamps and buy candles and matches.
Tip #2: Check Your Insurance
Make sure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of Tampa Damage
Tip #3: Make a Video of Your Home
This helps with proving the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. Also, make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case destroyed in a storm. Documents such as your birth certificate, your driver's license, your home's deed, your social security card, and unpaid bills.
Tip #4: Protect Your Property
Install hurricane shutters or plywood of at least 3/4 inches in thickness. You may need to install hurricane clips to secure the roof of your home to the walls. This is important in areas that may receive a direct hit, and install foot and head bolts on all doors.
Tip #5: Make an Evacuation Plan
When it is time to leave, go. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles from your home.
Tip #6: Don't Take Risks
People hurt in hurricanes stay in their homes or are taking extreme risks -- like leaving late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the hurricane begins. Stay from electrical poles and wires. Bunker down in your safe room from windows. Don't go outside when the hurricane has begun.
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