Taking on Hurricane Season the Right Way
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Published on September 30, 2022

Taking on Hurricane Season the Right Way

It’s that time of year again: hurricane season.

For many people, this means stocking up on supplies and making sure they have a plan in case of emergency. But what about your home? Are you prepared for the worst?

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to properly prepare your home for hurricane season. This includes preparing both the inside and outside of your house, stocking up on supplies, and having a plan in place in case of emergency. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your home is as safe as possible during this potentially dangerous time of year!

What is hurricane season and why do we prepare for it?

A hurricane is a type of storm that forms over the ocean and can cause significant damage when it makes landfall. They are typically accompanied by high winds, heavy rain, and flooding. There are three main types of hurricanes: tropical storms, category 1 hurricanes, and category 5 hurricanes. Tropical storms are the weakest type of hurricane, while category 5 hurricanes are the strongest.

In the US, hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and runs through November 30th. But why do we prepare for it?

The dangers of hurricanes are numerous and can include things like flooding, high winds, and even tornadoes. If you’re not prepared for a hurricane, you could end up losing power, facing dangerous winds, or even being stranded in your home. By taking the time to prepare for a hurricane, however, you can help minimize these risks and ensure that you and your family are safe during this potentially dangerous time.

How to properly prepare your home for a hurricane

Now that you know what hurricane season is and why it’s important to prepare for it, let’s discuss how to properly prepare your home.

1. Prepare your home inside

The first step in preparing your home for a hurricane is to make sure that you are prepared inside. This includes stocking up on supplies like food, water, and medicine, as well as making sure you have a plan in place for power outages and other emergencies. If you live in an area that is likely to be affected by a hurricane, it’s a good idea to have a few days’ worth of supplies stored in case you have to evacuate. This includes things like food, water, medicine, pet food, and toiletries. It’s also important to make sure you have a way to charge your devices in case of power outages.

2. Prepare your home outside

In addition to preparing your home inside, you should also take steps to prepare it outside. This includes securing any objects that could blow away in high winds, such as patio furniture, trash cans, and garden tools. You can do this by tying them down or putting them in a garage or shed. It’s also important to trim any trees or branches that could fall on your home in a storm. If you have a pool, you should also make sure to clear any debris from the pool deck and cover the pool itself.

What to do during a hurricane

Now that you’ve prepared your home inside and outside, it’s important to know what to do during a hurricane.

1. Stay informed

It’s important to stay informed during a hurricane. This means keeping track of the storm’s progress and knowing what to expect. You can do this by checking weather reports online or on TV, listening to NOAA weather radio, or downloading a Hurricane app.

2. Evacuate if necessary

If you are ordered to evacuate, it is important to do so as quickly as possible. Make sure you have your evacuation plan ready and take only essential items with you. If you have pets, make sure you have a pet carrier, supplies, and food ready to go in case you need to evacuate.

3. Stay safe during the storm

Once the storm hits, it’s important to stay safe. This includes staying indoors, away from windows, and avoiding any dangerous areas.

After a hurricane has passed, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you and your home are safe.

1. Check for damage

The first thing you should do after a hurricane is check your home for damage. This includes checking for roof damage, damage to the windows or doors, and any structural damage. If you find any damage, make sure to repairs it as soon as possible.

2. Assess the damage to your property

In addition to checking for damage to your home, you should also assess the damage to your property. This includes checking for damage to your fence, sheds, or garage. If there is any significant damage, you may need to file a claim with your insurance company.

3. Contact your insurance company

If you have damage to your property, it’s important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will need to assess the damage and may send someone out to inspect the property.

4. File a claim

If you have significant damage to your property, you may want to file a claim with your insurance company. This will help cover the costs of repairing or rebuilding your home.

5. Clean up any debris

After a hurricane, there is usually a lot of debris scattered around. It’s important to clean it up as soon as possible so that it doesn’t become a safety hazard. You can do this by using a rake or shovel to clear away the debris and placing it in bags or containers.

As we move into the heart of hurricane season, it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

Now that you know what to do, it’s important to stay informed about the latest developments with hurricanes. Make sure to check weather reports online or on TV, listen to NOAA weather radio, or download a Hurricane app. And if you are ordered to evacuate, make sure you leave quickly and take only essential items with you. In addition, stay safe during the storm by staying indoors and avoiding any dangerous areas. After the storm has passed, be sure to check for damage to your home and property and contact your insurance company if there is significant damage. Finally, clean up any debris scattered around your property so it doesn’t become a safety hazard.
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