Are you living in Ocala, Florida and are preparing for this hurricane season and summer’s heavy rains? According to the National Weather Service, the 2019 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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advisories before you make preparations for an incoming hurricane. A ready-made anti-hurricane program plan is one great solution, applicable during pre-season hurricane preparation.
Here are some unique property preparations for this season.
Inventory of Personal Property and Insurance Review
Beforehand, 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. Taking into account what needs to be repaired, remodeled, and upgraded helps you make cost accounting estimates for your budget. In that way, you can assess, analyze, and decide what needs to be done whenever a disaster strikes your location. It can also be very helpful when the uneventful evacuation of your whole family happens.
Review your insurance policies, either homeowners or hurricane insurance (if there’s none, better get one while it’s still early). Understanding insurance coverage can help you decide whether it is necessary to rebuild, repair, or remodel your home. If you are living in a coastal area, 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
- First, 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. Install hurricane-proof roofing which are designed to stand against a hurricane’s 175 mph to 190 mph winds. New construction approaches, like fastening system, 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.
- Next, safeguard the entrance and exits of your house, such as doors and windows. Installing shatter-proof, wind-resistant windows and hurricane-proof doors help a lot, which may cost some extra dollars if high-grade quality product models are installed.
- Third, 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.
- Last and most importantly, 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. 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. Also have an assembled emergency box (basic emergency medical supplies and equipment, 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 an extra dollars but is worth it every penny.
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