Hurricane season in South Florida lasts fully half the year. Are you ready?
Be sure you have the essentials on hand that you’ll need in case of a power outage. First and foremost, stock up on food that doesn’t require cooking, heating, or refrigeration. Unless you have a gas stove, your stove/oven will be as useless as your microwave oven, toaster oven, coffeemaker, and fridge, as well as your electric can opener. You’ll want to keep non-perishable foods on hand, and be sure you have a manual can opener. Considering having some cans of Sterno on hand, and perhaps a portable Sterno stove.
VERY IMPORTANT: At the start of hurricane season you need to trim dead tree branches and palm fronds, which can break off in the wind and damage your house when they’re blown into it and impact it.
Be sure you have plenty of flashlights or, even better, battery-powered lanterns. (Candles are not optimal due to the fire risk.)
If you can afford a generator, it’s a great “saver,” but be sure you have an adequate supply of fuel on hand for it as well, or it’s worthless to you.
Don’t try to wait out an oncoming storm, hoping it will veer and make landfall elsewhere. Close and secure your hurricane shutters as soon as the forecasters tell you the storm is headed your way. Once the winds and rain starts, closing your shutters will be both difficult and unpleasant. If your house lacks shutters, use plywood to board up your windows.
Anything in your yard that isn’t stationary needs to be brought indoors, either to your garage, your shed, or the house itself if need be. This includes items such as lawn furniture, gardening implements, or barbecue grills. This will prevent them from being blown against your house and damaging it.
Should water get into your house anyhow, use towels, paper towels, blankets, sheets—whatevere you have on hand that’s absorbent—to soak it up. If you still have power, wash and dry these wet items immediately. Otherwise, get them out of the house as soon as the storm abates so they don’t make the house’s atmosphere damper, since dampness encourages the growth of mold, which is hazardous to your health and that of your pets.
It can happen, though, that despite your best efforts, you’ll find yourself with wet carpets and perhaps even interior walls, and maybe water damage to treasured personal property as well. In that case, it’s time to call Restoration USA—and you can call us at any hour. We offer 24/7 emergency service and will dispatch a team of trained techs promptly to tackle your problem and remediate your situation. We can dry out your home, banish the threat of mold, and even help preserve your treasured possessions. Call us when you need us. We’ll be there for you—in a flash.