Prepare Now For An Active Hurricane Season
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season does not officially begin until June, but severe storms seem to be arriving earlier each year. As experienced Daytona Beach hurricane insurance claims attorneys, we see first hand the damages these storms can cause. To protect yourself and your loved ones, we have collected some simple tips to help you be better prepared.
Take Steps Now To Protect Yourself and Your Property During Hurricane Season
The sheer number of tropical storms and hurricanes that developed in the Atlantic last year made 2020 a record-setting season. Unfortunately, according to an April 21, 2021 news report by the Sun Sentinel, this is part of a disturbing trend. Not only have hurricane seasons become more active over the past several years but the season itself is starting earlier. A subtropical storm is already churning in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil. While not expected to impact Florida, meteorologists claim it is just one of many signs of an active hurricane season to come.
For homeowners, even relatively mild storms can cause major damage to their home. While insurance can help offset some of the costs of repairs, it is important to take steps now to ensure you are protected. These include:
- Keep homeowner’s insurance policies handy and review the terms of your coverage;
- Read the Florida Hurricane Preparedness Guide to refresh your knowledge of storm categories and procedures for emergency situations;
- Make sure you have an emergency kit handy, containing flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio, as well as bottled water, snacks, and other items you are likely to need;
- Consider purchasing a generator now, as once a hurricane is forecasted they quickly sell out;
- Check outdoor landscaping, taking care to trim heavy branches over your home or unhealthy trees, which could get uprooted due to high winds;
- Perform routine maintenance around your home, paying close attention to windows, doorways, and your roof;
- Develop an emergency plan in the event of mandatory evacuations and make sure you have important phone numbers handy.
What To Do After A Storm
It does not take a major hurricane to cause serious damage to your home. Tropical storms are common throughout the summer and can cause extensive water and wind damage. Insurance coverage you have in place can help prevent you from having to pay out of pocket for repair costs. To protect yourself when filing a storm damage claim, follow these steps:
- Report storm damage immediately to your insurer;
- Take photos or videos of affected areas;
- Make note of any repairs you are able to do on your own and get estimates regarding other costs;
- Speak with our property insurance claims attorneys before accepting a settlement.
Let Us Help You Today
At Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., we protect you when dealing with insurance companies, helping you get the maximum amount in your claim. To request a consultation, contact our Daytona Beach storm damage claims attorneys today.