With hurricane season practically here, now is the time to start preparing for the possibility of a severe weather event impacting your property. At FP Property Restoration, our storm damage experts are committed to doing everything in their power to make sure your property stays safe. However, while you might already be aware of some of the more common hurricane season tips (board up doors and windows, always have a go bag ready, make sure your car is full of gas,) there are a few important hurricane preparedness steps you may be forgetting. Keep reading for what you need to know, and remember that for all your emergency cleaning, damage, and restoration needs, FP Property Restoration is always here for you.
Don’t Forget These Critical Parts of Hurricane Preparation
- Shut Down Electricity: You may be tempted to flee your home quickly when a hurricane is on the horizon, though it is critical that you unplug as many electrical devices as possible before you leave. You can start with nonessential ones, though if you know a hurricane is likely to come in contact with your property, you should consider turning off your thermostat and shutting off your circuit breakers, so the storm does not damage your HVAC equipment and other important appliances.
- Bring in Patio Furniture: Sounds simple, right? Obviously, you do not want your patio furniture blowing away during a hurricane. Although there is another extremely important reason to do this, too. If a hurricane starts tearing up your property, that furniture could end up being blown through your window, assuming the winds are powerful enough. Too often, homeowners flee in a hurry, and forget to do this, so make sure any outside furniture is brought in if you know a storm is headed your way.
- Tidy Up Outside Your Property: In addition to your patio furniture, the other thing outside your property that can end up causing problems is the landscape itself. Consider that overgrown tree and shrub branches can come knocking through your windows, while clogged drains, gutters, and downspouts can cause unnecessary water damage. You may not have time to hire an outright landscaping professional before a hurricane, but try to at least tidy up where you can outside, so those unkept areas don’t come back to bite you later.
- Pick a Designated Meeting Spot: Stocking supplies, charging electronic devices, and filling your car up with gas is all essential in the lead-up to a hurricane. However, it won’t do you much good if you don’t have a place to go. Whether you are actually meeting up with other people or not, you should always pick a designated meeting spot before a hurricane sets in, so you know where you are going. It’s easy for roads to get overwhelmed during an extreme weather events, so ideally, this this should be well thought out ahead of time, so you do not run into heavy, potentially dangerous traffic.
- Have a Recovery Plan: Getting started on the recovery process ASAP is essential following a hurricane. Yet too many homeowners are so focused on simply getting through the storm itself, they do not create a game plan for the aftermath. That’s why at FP Property Restoration, we are available 24/7, so you can begin restoring your property immediately. Our team offers everything from water removal to structural drying to sewage cleanup. We also provide contents cleaning for items that may have been damaged. Do not wait to act if your home is at risk for hurricane damage—give FP Property Restoration a call today!