• Howard Gallagher

How To Prepare For Hurricane Season

As Temperatures rise so do the likelihood of a hurricane forming and causing destruction in your home. Even if you live away from the coast you may still experience torrential flooding. Heavy rainfall can saturate ground very quickly. If you live near a coast then you may be impacted by the storm surge. Be cautious with storm surge flooding. These high waves can be deadlier than hurricane winds. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused flooding in the Carolinas. If you’re in the path of a hurricane and your area has not been evacuated, it’s important to take safety precautions. Here are a few tips in the event of a hurricane to help protect your homes.

Clear Your Yard

Hurricanes can uproot trees and send them flying into your property. If there are damaged trees in your property then remove before the storm arrives. Inspect your gutters to prevent any water damage to your property. Replace gravel with shredded bark. Install storm shutters over your windows.

Plan an evacuation route

It is important to stay updated on any instructions given from the local government. Before a hurricane hits you should know the nearest shelters, where to keep valuables and how to evacuate your family to a safer location.

Stock up on Essential Items

In anticipation of an emergency, disaster or a major event many stores run out of essential items like bottled water,bread,nonperishable food, cleaning supplies and toilet paper. So it is important to have some essential items in your home just in case. Items such as batteries, matches,cleaning supplies, bottled water,first aid kit, tools and flashlight.

Review your home insurance policy

Your home insurance policy covers structural damage to your property. Most home insurance companies offer coverage for hurricane damage. Contact your home insurance company to get the full details on your policy.

What to do once the storm has arrived

Most important thing is not to panic. You need to stay calm and focus on working together with your family. Monitor the radio, tv and internet for updates. Keep your family away from any doors and windows. Sliding glass door are the most vulnerable to wind damage. Evacuate to a shelter if weather conditions permit you to leave your home. If evacuation is feasible then unplug all appliances and electrical equipment. Turn off water and gas lines. Any valuable item place on a higher level.Use a portable generator to keep your appliances and lights during the storm. Keep generator from the interior of your home. Avoid Floodwater at all times.

What to do after the storm has passed

Don’t go outside just because it looks calm. Stay tuned to updates regarding the weather conditions. You may be seeing the eye of the storm. Which can pass and you will be expose to the full force of the hurricane wind. Avoid any damaged power lines. Document all any damage incurred. Begin the clean up and removal process to prevent mold growth.