Preparing for Hurricane Season
The 2016 hurricane season officially began on June 1st and while Floridians are celebrating a record low decade of category 3 or higher hurricane landfalls, being prepared is imperative to keeping you, your family, and your home safe. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30th, meaning there are still three months of potential hurricanes looming around Florida. Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.
South Florida residents are encouraged to remain alert and in tune with the weather during these months. While a hurricane may not strike, tropical depressions and tropical storms may still pose a threat to your home.
Making Sure Your Home is Ready
Hurricanes mean high winds, a lot of rain, and potential property damage. Making sure that your home is ready for these conditions can prevent some dangerous and costly damage. Be sure to do the following:
- Ensure that your rain gutters are clear, as clogging may cause water damage.
- Trim and/or remove any tress or limbs that are damaged surrounding your home.
- Consider buying a generator for an alternative power source in the event that the power goes out.
- Retrofit windows, doors, and roof to reduce the likelihood of property damage.
In addition to the above suggestions, it is important to prepare a disaster supply kit to with things like batteries, flashlights, copies of important personal information, first aid supplies, and cash. You and your family should discuss a family emergency plan is the event of a bad storm, a local evacuation, and any potential weather threat.
Storm Recovery in Florida
Being prepared is crucial to you and your family no matter how large or small a storm may be. Even a category 1 or category 2 hurricane can cause damage to your property. Recovering from a disaster is a slow, gradual process and knowing who to call for repairs and restoration is the first step. SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach has dealt with countless water damage jobs following disastrous hurricane seasons. Our water damage repair team is professional, kind, and efficient. Be sure to call 561-588-9777 immediately after water damage or storm damage is discovered in your home or commercial property.