Do you know why hurricanes are so dangerous? They deposit heavy rain in a very short amount of time and, of course, have very powerful winds. This type of rain often causes severe flooding and the winds can damage buildings and knock down trees and other large objects. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, it is important to prepare for the possibility of one hitting your home. So, get prepared this season by having a plan in place and emergency supplies ready!
Whether you stay at home or evacuate, having all the kit ready and eventualities planned will ensure you and your loved ones are safe, property damage is minimal, and your stress levels are kept low during such a traumatic time. And, once it’s over, make sure you call the experts at Restoration 1 to assess the damage and get onto restoring your home to its previous condition as quickly as possible.
Here are a few tips on how to be prepared before hurricane season:
Plan Your Evacuation Route
Although the local government will give you instructions as well, it’s good to have your own plan in place for what to take and where to go if you decide to evacuate. This includes finding where your nearest shelters are, what to do with pets, where your emergency supply kit is kept, and what important papers you need to keep with you. Have your plan typed up and accessible for your family, so they know how to get started if you are separated at any stage.
Have an Emergency Supply Kit Packed and Ready
There are many important non-perishable items that you should have on hand before disaster hits: batteries, candles or lamps with fuel, matches, tools for home repairs, prescription drugs, a 3-day supply of drinking water, food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or cooked, first aid supplies, portable NOAA weather radio, flashlight, gas for vehicles, cash, blankets, etc.
Review Your Insurance Policies
Start by creating a personal property home inventory and then make sure you have everything on this covered and up to date. This will speed up your claims process. Also, find out whether your insurance policy covers any repairs needed once a hurricane hits, to rebuild your home, and to replace your belongings if necessary.
Store Important Documents
Have a waterproof safe for important documents such as birth certificates, house deeds, passports and others.
Protect Your Home
As mentioned already, one of the main causes of property damage during a hurricane is water damage. What happens is the strong winds turn many things, such as loose branches and tools from an outdoor shed, into missiles that break windows and doors. Once this happens and the wind dies down, the rain comes and hits your home through these new openings. Here are a few things you could do to lessen the instances of this happening:
– Install storm shutters to protect your windows
– Hurricane proof your exterior doors
– All sliding glass doors should be tempered glass
– Replace old garage doors with ones approved for wind pressure and impact
Contact Restoration 1
If a hurricane disaster has struck, make sure to call the professionals to tackle the restoration of your home. This will help give you peace of mind during this stressful time, and your home will be on track to getting back to normal in no time at all.
Since rain is often your number one problem after a hurricane has hit, the water damage experts at Restoration 1 are your best bet. There is no way to perform safe and successful water restoration without training. And, with all the expenses of water damage restoration remediation, it does not pay to do it yourself.
There is no substitute for professional restoration experts. It may be possible to restore some of the damage on your own – but the bigger problems are better left to the experts.
Play it safe. Call the professionals at Restoration 1.
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