Half the year in South Florida, from June 1 to November 30, is hurricane season. Are you prepared?
Although a few South Floridians are fortunate enough to have gas stoves, most of us cook on electric stoves/ovens, which won’t work if the power goes out. Neither will your microwave, toaster oven, fridge, coffeemaker, or electric can opener. As a result, in advance of a storm you need a sufficient supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need cooking, a manual can opener, and optionally some cans of Sterno and possibly a portable Sterno stove.
Even before hurricane season starts, you need to trim dead branches and palm fronds from trees on your property. If they break off in the wind they can turn into menacing projectiles.
A must-have item is flashlights or, preferably, battery-powered lanterns, or both.
Although generators aren’t cheap, you’ll be glad to have one when the power goes out. You’ll need to have an adequate supply of fuel on hand for your generator as well, or it’s worthless.
If a storm is on the way, close your hurricane shutters and secure them. Don’t wait to see if you’re really in the bullseye. It’s better to close them and have the storm veer north or south than to wait too long and get caught. It’s rough closing them when the wind and rain have started. It’s also unpleasant. Don’t have shutters? Board up your windows with plywood.
Outdoor items that aren’t stationary, such as lawn furniture or barbecue grills, need to be brought in to prevent them from blowing against your house and causing damage. Store them in the shed, the garage—even the house.
If it happens that water does get into your house, use towels, paper toweling, or even blankets to soak it up. If you still have electricity, wash and dry the towels/blankets promptly. If not, then get them outside as soon as the storm passes, so they don’t contribute to the dampness in the house. Dangerous molds grow well in damp conditions.
And if you still have soaked carpets or wet interior walls despite all your efforts, it’s time to turn to the professionals. We’re Restoration USA, and our 24/7 emergency service is always on call when you need us. We’ll dry out your house, get rid of any mold, and restore as well as possible any damaged items of value. We’re always here if you need us. Just call.