Are you living in St. Petersburg, Florida and are preparing for this hurricane season and summer’s heavy rains? According to the facts from NWS, the Atlantic hurricane season starts this June and ends on November 30, and every Floridian knows that advanced planning and preparation are the essential keys to cope with hurricane disasters.
Never wait for last minute preparations or typhoon warnings before you make preparations for an incoming hurricane. An effective and planned-out anti-hurricane program is one great solution, applicable during pre-season hurricane preparation.
Property Preparations During Hurricane Season
Inventory of Personal Property and Insurance Review
1. Organize a home inventory by recording all your assets from real estate (structures) to all parts of the house (inside out), up to the small details.
2. Account what needs to be repaired, remodeled, and upgraded. This helps you make cost accounting estimates for your budget. This can also be very helpful when/if the unfortunate evacuation of your whole family happens.
3. Review your insurance policies, including either homeowners or hurricane insurance. Understanding insurance coverage can help you decide whether it is necessary to rebuild, repair, or remodel your home in the even of a hurricane disaster. For coastal areas, hurricane insurance is a necessity. However, it is still advisable to talk to your insurance agent in detail, since every coverage is different from the other.
Prepare your Property Inside and Out
1. Start building more structural supports and strengthening the parts of the house that are weak and susceptible to damage, such as windows, doors, garages, and rooftops.
2. Install hurricane-proof roofing, which is designed to stand against a hurricane’s 175 mph to 190 mph winds. New construction approaches, like fastening systems, tie-downs to lateral anchors, hold-downs to embedded connectors, and continuous load path (roof tie-down) systems, have been implemented and built by most hurricane zone homeowners.
3. Safeguard the entrance and exits of your house, such as hurricane-proof doors and shatter-proof, wind-resistant windows.
4. Repair or upgrade garage doors. Most homeowners upgrade their garage doors by installing hurricane-proof garage doors that are made of steel with add-on reinforcement posts in order to withstand forces and have a strong foundation to prevent giving in and collapsing.
5. Invest in a reinforced safe room in your house or a simple and economical windowless low-level area or room where, in a worst-case scenario, you and your family can be safe and well-protected.
6. Stock a three-to-seven-day list of items/goods like food and water, kitchen accessories, hygienic items, flashlights and batteries, tools, and a ‘grab bag’ which includes cash, camera, keys, mobile phones with chargers, and your most important documents.
7. Have an assembled emergency box (basic emergency medical supplies and equipment and blankets and pillows with rain-resistant covers), battery-operated radios and extra batteries, clean and consumable water, and other important personal items. It is essential to protect the vital parts of the house, which may cost more but is worth every penny.
8. Prepare and gather some information on the best water damage restoration in St. Petersburg, Florida. For water damage repairs in St. Petersburg FL, trust only the best. You’ll never know the extent of the damage the hurricane will bring.
Whenever a hurricane strikes in St. Petersburg, Florida, do not hesitate to hire ServiceMasterby PWF, trusted professionals and experts for water and storm damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties.