Six months out of the year, from June 1 to November 30, encompass hurricane season in South Florida. Are you ready for a potential storm?
Most South Floridians have electric stoves, not gas, and they won’t work if the power goes out. Neither will your microwave, toaster oven, fridge, coffeemaker, or electric can opener. So you need a sufficient supply of food that is non-perishable and doesn’t need cooking, a manual can opener, and (although not essential, recommended), some cans of Sterno and perhaps a portable Sterno stove.
Trim dead branches and palm fronds from trees on your property before storm season starts. If they’re broken off by the wind they can become hazardous projectiles.
You need flashlights or, preferably, battery-powered lanterns, or both.
While generators aren’t cheap, they’re awfully handy when the power goes out. You’ll need to have an adequate supply of fuel for your generator as well, or it’s useless to you.
If a storm seems to be coming this way, close your hurricane shutters and secure them. Don’t wait to see “Is it really coming here?” It’s better to close them and have the storm veer away than to wait too long and get caught. It’s a nasty job closing them when the wind and rain have started. It’s also more difficult. If you don’t have shutters, use plywood to board up your windows.
Non-stationary outdoor items such as patio furniture or barbecue grills need to be brought in to prevent them from blowing against your home and causing damage. Store them in the shed or garage. If needed, bring them into the house.
If, despite these precautions, water does invade your house, use towels, paper towels, 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 indoors. 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.