Getting Prepared for a Tropical Storm
Take Certain Precautions to Protect Your Family and Your Property
With tropical storm season in full swing, it is important to prepare yourself for what potentially lies ahead. From making sure your home can withstand the weather to knowing the best evacuation routes, here is a quick look at how to prepare for a tropical storm. After all, preparation is the best form of protection.
- Be sure your home is well protected. This includes everything from making certain there are no loose shingles on the roof to removing everything from your yard that has the potential to become a projectile. Also, secure your doors to prevent them from flying open, while also reinforcing your windows, doors, and garage doors.
- Determine the best possible evacuation routes. Before a tropical storm hits, local governments usually provide plenty of information about evacuation plans. If possible, test the evacuation route during a safe period to make sure there are no potential problems.
- Ensure you have all the necessary supplies. If you wait until the last minute, it will be almost impossible to get everything you need. Create a kit that includes plenty of water and nonperishable food, clothing, blankets, flashlight and batteries, a first-aid kit, and a whistle to signal for help. If you take prescription medication, be sure you include this in your kit.
- Verify that your home insurance policy is up to date. It is crucial that you have your home insured against flooding and flood damage. (This is not part of a standard homeowners or rental insurance policy.)
- Back up your electronics. This is especially important if you use your computer to conduct business. Be sure all data is stored in an off-site location that you can still access even if the actual device is destroyed during the storm.
- Create an inventory of your possessions. After a storm hits, trying to remember everything you once had can be almost impossible. Beforehand, use a video camera (if possible) to document your valuables. Also, keep receipts. If you have no desire to keep a bunch of papers, scan the receipts and store them in an off-site location.
SERVPRO of South Miami has the equipment and training to restore your home.We are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency. Call (305) 269-8900.