Homeowners should take measures to minimize the damage should one of Mother Nature’s natural disasters come their way. As a responsible homeowner you should remain vigilant any time there is a storm warning in effect. Knowing what to do during a disaster is the best way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your family and the protection of your property.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damages from excessive wind and heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris are often the main destructive agents to a home’s structure in the aftermath of a hurricane. During a severe weather emergency with the possible threat of a hurricane occurring, you should be prepared for the following:

  • Pay attention to news updates during a tropical storm or hurricane.
  • Make plans ahead of time, including an evacuation plan.
  • Prepare hurricane kits. Those are important and should include things such as water, canned and non-perishable food, important paperwork, a first aid kid and other medical supplies.
  • Store medicine to meet your family’s requirements for at least three days
  • Have a battery-powered radio and flashlight with an adequate supply of batteries on hand.
  • Keep an adequate supply of cash on hand in the event that banks are closed and ATMS are not working.
  • Trim bushes and trees to make them sturdier and less likely to cause damage.
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Make sure any loose shingles on your rooftop are fitted and fixed.
  • Check for any leaks in your attic or basement.
  • Cover all your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters can protect your windows. from breaking. Another option would be to use plywood that is cut to fit and ready to install.

For more information on steps to protect your home or business, please contact First Call 24/7. 1-866-577-4468

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