Hurricane Safety Tips For This Summer And Beyond
Weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) project the remainder of the 2022 hurricane season to hold an above-average risk for hurricanes, with potentially 5-10 hurricanes – some of those being severe. Forecasters believe there is a 75% chance of a major hurricane making landfall on the U.S. coastline during the 2022 hurricane season, with a 50% chance of that being on the Atlantic Coast.
For Florida residents, this is part of the routine each summer and fall. And while the Daytona area has not experienced a serious hurricane in years, this is not the time to take a relaxed approach to severe weather threats. When a hurricane does build up steam and head in this direction, the last thing anybody wants is to be caught unprepared. This can lead not only to personal safety risks, but risks of avoidable damage to your home as well.
What Can Floridians Do to Prepare for Potential Hurricanes?
It is easy to feel helpless when one’s area is in the path of a hurricane. Other than hoping it changes paths and shifts back out to sea, there is not much to be done about a storm that is on its way. However, there are still several things homeowners can do to prepare for a hurricane.
- Know your zone. If your home sits in an evacuation zone, a flood-prone area, or has features (such as mobile homes) that make them vulnerable, understand this and make a plan well ahead of time. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management has more information about assessing your home and neighborhood’s safety in preparation for hurricanes and severe storms.
- Keep your vehicle’s gas tanks at least half-full. Having at least a half-tank of gas can be critical if you need to evacuate quickly and gas stations in your area are overwhelmed or shut down.
- Make a plan. Your household should have an emergency plan for hurricanes and other potentially dangerous events. Each member of your household should know their roles and duties in an emergency, and how to access important items in the home. Tempting as it is to avoid or put this off, having a detailed plan in place can be helpful – even life-saving – when disaster strikes. This plan should also include reviewing important documents and knowing where they are, preferable in some type of portable lock box.
- Know how to recognize alerts and warnings. You want to stay ahead of the game and know as soon as possible when a storm is on its way. Sign up for community alerts, learn about the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and download FEMA’s weather alert app for your smartphone.
- Protect property and board up windows. Have a plan in place to remove or tie down any large items in your yard, and take steps to board or shield windows. Even small steps can sometimes lead to a dramatic reduction in damage to your property.
- Review your homeowner’s insurance policy. First of all, make sure your home insurance policy is up to date and current. Also review what your policy covers, and what your duties are in the immediate aftermath of a storm. Your policy may require you to mitigate damages and take certain actions to limit flooding and mold buildup after a weather event. You will also need to report your damages within a certain timeframe.
Our Florida Property Damage Attorneys at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., Can Help After Hurricane Damage
Dealing with a hurricane and its aftermath is an emotional and sometimes devastating process, depending on the damage. This can be made worse if the insurance company is giving you the back & forth about your claim or even denying coverage. The Daytona property damage insurance attorneys at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., know what the process looks like after a severe storm or hurricane, and stand ready to help. If your insurance company is delaying or denying your claim, or you have any questions about the claims process and what your rights are, call our Daytona law offices at 386-252-5170, or schedule a consultation with our Daytona Beach property damage attorneys online.