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Helpful Tips for Hurricane Prep

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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 occurs? When a hurricane is approaching, be ready. Follow our guide!

6 Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane

Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials

Depending on the severity of the hurricane, prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. Be sure to stock up on water, bread, non-perishables, and items 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

Ensure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of the hurricane in Tampa, Florida.

Tip #3: Make a Video of Your Home

If you make a video of your home before the hurricane, it will help prove the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. You should make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case destroyed in a storm. These documents could include your birth certificate, driver's license, house deed, 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. Shutters are essential 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 your family will stay before the storm hits. Have an evacuation site at least 50 miles from your home.

Tip #6: Don't Take Risks

Injuries can occur by staying in the home or by taking extreme risks -- like leaving late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the storm begins. Stay away from electrical poles and wires. Bunker down in your safe room from windows. Don't go outside when the hurricane has started.

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