June 18, 2020 | 4:26 am

PREPARE FOR HURRICANE

The Atlantic Hurricane season is officially here. With everything going on in the world right now, hurricanes are the last thing we want to deal with. However, as a South Florida homeowner, preparation is absolutely essential when it comes to protecting your home and family.

The hurricane season started on June 1 and will last until November 30, meaning that all residents of South Florida need to educate and prepare themselves for potential storms. In 2019, there were 18 named storms and 20 tropical cyclones in total. Six of the storms turned into hurricanes, including the powerful Hurricane Dorian, which caused over 160,000 residents in Florida to lose power.

South Florida mostly avoided major damage and casualties, but as we have seen over the years, the Sunshine State is susceptible to major storm damage, which is why it is so important to be prepared.

Whether you live in Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County or somewhere else in the state of Florida, LMR Public Adjusters has created a checklist of tips for you to follow during this hurricane season. We are season public adjusters based in Hollywood (but handle cases throughout the state) with experience handling major home damage from storms.

  1. Make a plan: A plan is an utmost requirement in dealing with emergencies such as this. The formulated plan must be shared with all family members in the household and each member should be well aware of their responsibilities in case the storm hits. The same plan should also be shared with another family member/friend living out of state who can act as the main point of communication.
  2. Make sure you do the following tasks:
    1. Remove any dead trees or barks lying around near the home
    2. Trim any overhanging trees / barks in the household
    3. Reinforce any loose roof tiles / shingles when needed
    4. Secure gutters and clean them to be free of debris to ensure there will be no clogging
    5. Create an inventory list of items inside your home and store important documents
    6. Unplug appliances
    7. Move your cars
    8. Install hurricane shutters if you have them.
  3. EvacuateThe decision to stay or evacuate: This is a tough decision to make, because a homeowner’s instinct is always stay at home and protect whatever they can while during a storm. However, it is imperative to listen to authorities for your own safety as well as your family’s. In the event of an evacuation, ensure that you know the standard evacuation route of your community before heading out. If you can stay at home, it is imperative to be contactable in any event of difficult circumstances such as a power outage.
  4. Gather Supplies: Have enough supplies for your household, such as medicine, food, pet items, clothing, etc.
  5. Know your evacuation zone
  6. Have your technology ready: Charge your cell phones, purchase backup power sources, etc.

These are just some tips in dealing with the hurricane season. The important thing is always be safe and secure in times like these.

If your home does get damaged from a hurricane, contact us to see how we can help you when your insurance company does not!

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