Stay Safe In A Storm With These Tips

When you live in Florida, pretty much every season is “storm season”. Between the powerful Atlantic hurricanes of late summer and fall or the severe storms and tornadoes that spawn rapidly and without warning during spring, it seems like everything is out to get you.

You can’t control the weather, but you can take some steps to ensure that you and your family are safe when storms inevitably come your way. Here are a few things that you can start doing today.

Prepare A Storm Kit
First things first, you’ll need supplies. Some of the must-haves in your storm survival kit are:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Flashlights
  • A first aid kit
  • A battery powered radio

You may also want to consider things that aren’t essential but will make your life easier. Utensils. Board games. These things will help make the situation feel more normal if you’re ever caught without power for an extended period of time.

Plan And Practice
You never know how you’re going to react in a disaster. Though we like to think that we’ll all be the heroes of the story, some people shut down in stressful situations. It’s an understandable reaction, but it can also be a dangerous one. The only way to get around this unfortunate fact of human nature is to plan your actions out in advance.

Who is in charge? Where is the safest place in your home? Can everyone fit in there? These are just a few of the questions that you should be asking yourself as you prepare. Of course, every family and every home is different so there’s no one-size-fits-all plan. The most important thing is that you take the time to create one in the first place.

This step may sound like it’s going a bit overboard — cue all the bad memories of annoying fire and tornado drills in school — but when you live in a place like Florida where the weather can go south (no pun intended) at the drop of a hat it’s just smart.

Get A Wind Mitigation Inspection
Want to be absolutely sure your house is as storm-proof as possible? In that case, your best bet is a wind mitigation inspection. A wind mitigation inspection looks for certain safety features that make it resistant to wind and rain. Getting this inspection will inform you of the strongest — and weakest — parts of your home.

Another great benefit of getting a wind mitigation inspection is the potential to save on your homeowner’s insurance. You see, in the state of Florida insurers are required to give diligent homeowners a discount on their insurance policy. This discount comes in the form of “wind mitigation credits”. If you have the right features, you’ll get some of these credits applied to your homeowner’s insurance for up to five years.

If you want to stay safe during stormy weather, you have to lay the ground work well before you even see a storm. This involves preparing your supplies, making a plan, and — if you’re really serious about it — getting a wind mitigation inspection.

To find out what qualifies for wind mitigation credits or to schedule a wind mitigation inspection of your home please contact us at Super Inspection Pros today.

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