Hurricane prep

Sunday June 1 is the official start of Hurricane Season!

Are you ready to meet: Bertha, Dolly, Kyle, Laura, Vicky & all their friends?

This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  A time for us to take precautions to make sure our homes and businesses are ready to weather the storms.  With the major storms projected in late June, the middle of July, September and October, we have a little breathing room to get prepared.

Below is a check list of tips to help you get your storm protection plan underway.

Outside Tips:

°        Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.

°        Remove damaged or low-hanging branches from large trees and shrubs that are within striking distance of the buildings.

°        Be sure low-lying areas drain away from the foundation of the structure.

°        Check seals of windows and doors to ensure they are water tight.

°        Have a plan to secure items that can blow around during heavy winds.  They could become objects of destruction during a severe storm.

Inside Tips:

°         Do a home inventory.  Utilize technology such as a video camera or digital camera then store the images in a safety deposit box or fireproof safe.

°        Do an insurance review.  Find out what your policies cover and do not cover.  You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your personal property is protected in the event of storm damage.  Give us a call, we would be happy to assist with this important preparation step.

°        Prep for power outages or evacuation.  Be sure you have bottled water, canned goods, flashlights in working order, and essential medications.

Business Owner Tips:

°        Be sure all records are backed up and store the back-ups off site.

°        Purchase tarps so you are ready when a storm is coming.  Tarps can be placed over computers and other electronics to help minimize damage.

°        Be sure you have the necessary clean up supplies on hand.  Mops, buckets and a wet/dry vacuum will help in the case of leaks or flooding.

°        Do not store paper records on the floor.  Even a small amount of water can cause a large amount of damage.

°        Do an office inventory.  Utilize technology such as a video camera or digital camera then store the images in a safety deposit box or fireproof safe.  This will come in handy if you need to file a claim.

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