Protect Your Family and Property with These Hurricane Readiness Tips

09/25/2017

Hurricanes are not to be underestimated in any circumstance. Florida residents, veterans of multiple severe hurricane seasons, know all of this too well. For homeowners, however, there’s more to it than ensuring their family and property survive such natural calamities — it means living life as normal as possible afterward, as well.

While injuries and property damage can happen during hurricanes, being prepared for it can minimize casualties. Make sure to tick off the hurricane safety and preparedness items on your checklist.

Know the Extent of Your Insurance Coverage

Review your insurance policy to see what kind of coverage you have and, if need be, add necessary coverage before hurricane season starts. Having a public insurance adjuster in Florida on-call won’t hurt either, especially when you need immediate action in the aftermath of destructive calamities.

Keep Important Documentation Safe and Secure

Copies of birth and marriage certificates, wills, citizenship documents, bank account info, and a comprehensive inventory of valuables should be stored in a secure place capable of withstanding damage (like a safety vault). Should there be a need to evacuate, transfer them to a sealed plastic bag and take them with you.

Educate Your Family on Hurricane Safety Plans

Familiarize each member of the family on safety measures and actions to take during a hurricane. For instance, members should agree on relocation point (usually the safest room or space in the house for shelter), like a walk-in closet or a widow-less interior bathroom.

Stock up on supplies. Non-perishable goods like canned food, dry cereal, soup, etc., and at least a gallon of water to last each person 3-7 days is a reasonable amount to keep. Also, keep an emergency supplies kit containing first aid materials, flashlights, whistles, and even an inflatable raft.

Regardless of where you are located during a hurricane, always remember that you and your family’s safety is the priority. Only go back to your property when authorities declare the area safe. Furthermore, document all noticeable damage on your property through photos and video. At United States Adjusters, we are ready to help you inform your insurance company of all damage and loss. Contact us today to learn more about our adjuster services.

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