Hurricane Season Is Almost Here: Are You Ready?

With less than a month to go before the official start of Hurricane Season homeowners are scrambling to prepare. If you’ve lived here in Florida for any amount of time you’re scrambling too because you know how serious these storms can be. Yes, there’s not much longer to go but it’s never too late–or too early, for that matter–to start preparing.

Here are a few ways that you can start preparing for hurricane season right now:

Put Together An Emergency Kit
Your emergency kit will serve as a lifeline in case you’re stranded or forced to evacuate your home. Your kit should always include the following items:

  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable food
  • A first aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Backup batteries

These are just the basics. They may not seem like much but they can save your life. You’re free to tailor this kit to your needs. If you have kids, for example, it might be a good idea to pack books or games to keep them occupied.

Prepare For Extended Power Outages
It’s no surprise that the power usually goes out during a hurricane. Sometimes it’s for a few hours, sometimes a few days. In some rare, extreme cases power outages can last for weeks. In these circumstances not having power goes from uncomfortable, to potentially deadly. Food begins to spoil, the heat becomes unbearable, and panic sets in.

You can avoid this by preparing for power outages in advance. Even if you never have to use it, it’s a good idea to have a backup generator. You can get an easy to operate portable generator or a permanently installed standby generator.

Be Ready To Leave At Any Time
Sometimes hurricanes become so severe that it would be foolish to stay home and ride them out. In these cases you will need to evacuate to a designated shelter or even leave town entirely. Although it’s not a certainty, you should still be prepared to leave at a moments notice. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in the event of an evacuation in advance. This is where your emergency kit will really come in handy as well. Sometimes a storm intensifies at the very last minute and you have little time to pack or prepare so having your essentials ready in advance is vitally important.

Perform A Wind Mitigation Inspection
It may not always be safe to stay in your home during a storm, but ideally, you want something to come back to. A wind mitigation inspection will pinpoint the areas of your home that are most vulnerable to heavy winds. Once you know where your weaknesses lie you can adjust accordingly and provide your home with the necessary protection to withstand these devastating storms.

Wind mitigation inspections are not only save your home, they can also save you money. In the state of Florida, insurers are required by law to give prudent homeowners wind mitigation credits on their insurance policy should they prove that their home is prepared to withstand major wind events such as hurricanes. A wind mitigation inspection is the one and only way to get these credits.

Please, contact us at Super Inspection Pros. today to learn more about our home inspection process or to schedule a wind mitigation inspection for your home. You can also find more information about us here on our website.

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