How To Prepare For A Hurricane

By David Touchton   

While homeowners will deal with numerous property challenges over the course of a lifetime, grappling with the onset and aftermath of a hurricane can be uniquely challenging. However, knowing what to do before, during, and after the hurricane can help limit storm damage and preserve your sanity. Here are several preparation tips and tricks you should implement to effectively deal with a hurricane:

• Ensure that all of your vital records are stored in a safe, waterproof area of the house.
• Do an inventory of your hurricane emergency supplies and restock whatever items have run low.
• Clear your table tops and desk of tiny, loose materials.
• Secure your doorways with heavy plastic, duct tape, or sandbags to protect the interior from flood damage.
• Disconnect your electrical equipment and appliances.
• Place all hanging plants, books, and loose papers in storage cabinets or desk drawers.
• Close all windows. Draw the drapes or blinds.
• Secure enough cash to last several days.
• Lock the doors prior to evacuating the premises.

• If you are not required to evacuate the premises, stay inside the home but keep away from doors, skylights, and windows.
• Close your interior doors. This will preclude the strong winds from entering your rooms.
• Keep extra batteries and a flashlight within reach. Flashlights are the safest lighting source during an emergency.
• Be alert for flooding and tornadoes. In the event that you spot a funnel cloud or the weather experts issue a warning, find shelter.

• Do not go near any floodwater. Avoid driving unless required.
• Remain away from your home until the authorities permit reentry.
• Access the outside of walls, doors, floors, staircases, windows, and buildings to ensure that the property is not susceptible to collapse.
• Start the clean-up process, document any damages, and report all the pertinent information to your insurance company.
• Check the property for gas leaks.
• Stay away from power lines that are loose or have gone down.
• Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns when accessing the property.
• Check for water pipe and sewer damage. If you suspect that your sewage lines have been damaged, contact a plumber.

Although hurricanes are known to cause substantive damage to property while also inducing high levels of stress for homeowners, you don’t have to let this natural disaster disturb you. To remain calm and limit damage from hurricanes, implement the preparation strategies located above. Also, make sure that you have the contact information of a savvy, sophisticated restoration company that can provide remediation services if a hurricane reaches your property. They offer clients the cutting edge, results-driven remediation services that get their residential property back in exceptionally pristine condition with lightning speed.

David Touchton

Mr. Touchton is the President and owner of ServPro of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. He has 4 years of experience in the field and holds Water Damage Restoration Certification from IICRC. His office is certified in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and lead-based paint activities and restoration. His favorite part of the job is helping people who have experienced a stressful event and our ServPro team can make it “Like it never even happened”.