Storms are common in Florida and hurricane activity has increased over the years. Homes are the worst affected by high winds and waves. Preventive and timely measures can help us in braving extreme weather conditions.
Gator Blinds Florida help homeowners protect their property during hurricanes.
- Clean and clear your outdoors
Store all lawn furniture, sporting gears, gardening tools and other outdoor items if a storm is heading your way. High waves and winds can pick these items and send them flying damaging the windows or even injuring a person. Keep all the windows and doors closed.
Take a look at your lawn. Strong winds can uproot the trees or snap the branches that can damage your home or even entangle in the power lines. Make sure you cut or prune them before the potential damage.
- Install Shutters
Hurricane roll-up shutters in Florida are expensive. Interior window shutter are a little cheaper and while they are not hurricane proof they can help a little if windows are broken during a hurricane and can protect from furthering damage in the house. Once a window is damaged, the interior shutters can act as barriers from debris protecting the interior and minimizing post hurricane damage.
Hurricane shutters don’t need to be left up all year, usually you only put them up when a hurricane is ready to hit. When the hurricane season is arriving, you should install them. However, it means every time you install them you will need to pay the professionals extra money. You cannot do it on your own. Interior shutters need installation only once and they will serve their purpose all year long. They are super easy to clean and maintain. Alucore Poly shutters, Plantation shutters will help add an extra layer of safety if a hurricane strikes.
- Create an Evacuation Plan
It is always safe to create an evacuation plan that’ll help you where to go during the storm. After a hurricane warning, make sure you call shelter homes that can take you and your family along with pets. Make sure cars are full of gas and don’t forget to pack important papers and documents. Also inform your friends and family of where are you heading.
Build an emergency kit
If you live in Florida or areas frequently hit by Hurricanes, you should have emergency kits ready. You can make it on your own or purchase a pre-made emergency kit from the grocery stores. They include – non perishable food items, ample water supply, first aid box, weather or regular radio and necessary medications.
Understand your homeowners insurance
See if your home insurance plans cover only wind damage and not flood damage. Try to get an insurance plan that covers both. Be aware to read the policy ahead of the hurricane warning, the policy won’t work for 30 days. Keep reviewing your homeowners insurance regularly.
Inspect your roof
Make sure your roof is ready to take on the hurricane. If a hurricane is heading your way, look for any leakages or any damages in the structure. Correcting the faults will help you protect your home during the hurricane.
Clean your gutters
If you live in a hurricane prone zone, you must clean the gutters. No one enjoys this task, but this will help the water to flow properly and avoid flooding. If gutter is not working properly, repair it in time.