Unfortunately, hurricanes are a part of life living on the coast, and this is something residents here know very well. With a little preparation, organization and awareness, you can avoid costly mistakes during hurricane season that may damage your home.
Err on the side of caution this season, and prepare early for a potential storm! Follow these quick tips to increase your and your home’s chances of making it through unscathed.
Keep a Stockpile of Emergency Supplies
When a storm is announced, it’s common for everyone to naturally start prepping for the worst. Grocery stores are often the first place residents head to, and shelves are often empty days before the actual hurricane is expected to hit.
Make sure that you have all the supplies you need in the event of disaster by keeping a permanent stockpile throughout the year. Be sure to have nonperishable foods, batteries, gas, and even electric generators on hand. This way you can forgo on the grocery shopping, and focus prepping your home.
Prepare Your Home
While your home will never be completely hurricane proof, there are ways to minimize the damage and make sure it is as protected as possible. A little yard maintenance and inexpensive safety measures can say you thousands in the long run.
Preparing for the storm, trim any loose or low hanging tree branches that can get blown off and cause property damage. Invest in hurricane and storm doors, as well as storm shutters. While they may have an upfront cost associated with them, in the long run in the event of a hurricane, they’ll pay for themselves.
Plan an Evacuation
While you may be tempted to brave a “small” storm, it could be in your best interest to leave. Your home truly does not benefit from you being there during a category 5 hurricane, and you need to seriously consider leaving for your safety.
If a major storm is coming your way, it’s possible that major evacuation routes will be filled with traffic up to days before the storm hits. Expect to leave early, and stock up on gas cans in case any stations you pass run out before you get there.
Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst
While hurricanes are a part of life living on the coast, they don’t have to the end of the world. Not every storm is a major one and with a little preparation, all are completely manageable. Let us help you find your perfect home today!
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