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The Atlantic Hurricane season is officially here. With everything going on in the world right now, hurricanes are the last thing we want to deal with. However, as a South Florida homeowner, preparation is absolutely essential when it comes to protecting your home and family.
The hurricane season started on June 1 and will last until November 30, meaning that all residents of South Florida need to educate and prepare themselves for potential storms. In 2019, there were 18 named storms and 20 tropical cyclones in total. Six of the storms turned into hurricanes, including the powerful Hurricane Dorian, which caused over 160,000 residents in Florida to lose power.
South Florida mostly avoided major damage and casualties, but as we have seen over the years, the Sunshine State is susceptible to major storm damage, which is why it is so important to be prepared.
Whether you live in Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County or somewhere else in the state of Florida, LMR Public Adjusters has created a checklist of tips for you to follow during this hurricane season. We are seasoned public adjusters based in Hollywood (but handle cases throughout the state) with experience handling major home damage from storms about us.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON:
preparing your home for the hurricane season is essential to minimize damage and protect yourself and your family. Here are some steps to follow:
Inspect your roof: Ensure that your roof is in good condition and can withstand strong winds. Repair any loose shingles or tiles, and secure any loose gutters or downspouts.
Install impact-resistant windows and doors: These will help protect your home from flying debris during the hurricane.
Trim trees and shrubs: Remove any dead or weak branches that could break and cause damage during the hurricane.
Secure outdoor items: Bring in or secure outdoor furniture, grills, and other items that could be picked up by the wind and cause damage.
Check your insurance: Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your home and belongings in case of hurricane damage.
Prepare an emergency kit: Include essential items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit.
Have a plan: Develop an evacuation plan in case you need to leave your home during the hurricane. Also, designate a safe room in your home in case of high winds or flooding.
Stay informed: Monitor weather updates and follow instructions from local authorities. By taking these steps, you can help protect your home and your family during the hurricane season.
These are just some tips for dealing with the hurricane season. The important thing is always to be safe and secure in times like these.
If your home does get damaged from a hurricane, contact us to see how we can help you when your insurance company does not!
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