Hurricane season in South Florida lasts a full half a year. Are you prepared?
Be sure you have the essentials on hand in case of a power outage. First and foremost, stock 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. Optional but helpful are some cans of Sterno and perhaps a portable Sterno stove.
At the start of hurricane season you need to trim dead tree branches and palm fronds, which can break off in the wind and turn into projectiles.
Be sure you have plenty of flashlights or, even better, battery-powered lanterns. With candles there is always risk of a fire hazard.
If you can afford a generator, it’s great “insurance,” but be sure you have an adequate supply of fuel on hand for it as well.
Don’t wait out an oncoming storm, hoping it will make landfall elsewhere, before you close and secure your hurricane shutters. Once the winds and rain starts, closing your shutters will be both difficult and unpleasant. If your house lacks shutters, board up your windows with plywood.
What’s in your yard that isn’t stationary? Items such as lawn furniture, gardening implements, or barbecue grills should be brought indoors, either to your garage, your shed, or the house itself if necessary. This will prevent them from being blown against your house and doing damage.
Should water get into your house anyhow, use towels, paper towels, or even blankets to soak it up. If you still have power, wash and dry these towels or blankets immediately. Otherwise, get them out of the house as soon as the storm abates so they don’t make the house’s atmosphere damper. Dampness encourages the growth of mold, which is hazardous to your health and your pets’ health.
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, let the professionals step in and take over. Call Restoration USA at any hour. We offer 24/7 emergency service and will dispatch a team of trained techs promptly to attack 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.