Hurricane season in South Florida starts on June 1 and doesn’t end till November 30. Are you ready?
There are certain supplies you need to have on hand. First and foremost, you need non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking. If you’re fortunate enough to have a gas stove, that’s great, but most of us have electric stoves. They won’t work when the power goes out, and neither will your microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, fridge, or your electric can opener. So besides the food, have a manual can opener handy. Sterno and perhaps a portable Sterno stove are good to have for heating food.
You should have trimmed any dead tree branches or palm fronds just before the start of the storm season, but if you didn’t, do it now. They can easily be snapped off by the force of the wind and turned into projectiles.
You also need ample flashlights or, better yet, battery-powered lanterns, or both.
While generators are pricey, they’re well worth it if you can afford one. But your generator is no good without a sufficient fuel supply, so be sure you have plenty on hand.
Hurricane shutters can be your best friend in a storm, but they’re useless if you don’t use them. Too many people put off closing their shutters till they’re certain they’re in the storm’s path, by which time the wind has picked up and the rain has begun, and closing the shutters is both more difficult and more unpleasant. If your house doesn’t have shutters, board up the windows with plywood.
You need to secure any outdoor furniture, barbecue grills, or anything else that isn’t stationary, to keep them from being blown against your house. Put them in a shed, in your garage, or in your house if need be.
But what if, despite all these precautions, water still invades your house? Soak it up with towels, paper toweling—you can even use blankets. If you still have electric power, wash and dry these items. If you’ve lost power, get them out of the house as soon as the storm p asses, so they don’t make the house’s atmosphere damper, as dampness fosters the growth of dangerous mold.
Should you wind up with soaked carpets or other water damage in spite of everything, it’s time to call in the professionals. Restoration USA offers 24/7 emergency service. Call us at any hour and our rapid response techs will be on the scene to remedy your situation, preserve your home, banish mold, and even help preserve your water-damaged personal effects. We’re here whenever you need us.