Are you ready for a possible hurricane? Fully half the year, from the start of June till the end of November, is hurricane season in South Florida.
Since most South Florida homes have electric stoves, you may be unable to cook or heat food if the power goes out. Your microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, electric can opener, and fridge will be non-functional as well. So one of your first priorities is to have on hand sufficient food that is non-perishable and doesn’t require cooking. You’ll also need a manual can opener. As well, you may want to stock up on Sterno and maybe a portable Sterno stove.
If you didn’t trim dead branches and palm fronds from your trees at the start of the storm season, do it now. Hurricane winds easily break these off and turn them into projectiles that can attack your house.
You want to have ample flashlights, battery-powered lanterns, or both.
Although generators are expensive, they’re well worth the cost if you can afford one. Without an adequate supply of fuel, however, your generator is useless, so be sure you have that on hand too.
If a storm seems aimed at our area, close and secure your hurricane shutters. Don’t wait to see if it’s really coming. Once the winds and rain start, closing the shutters will be both more difficult and more unpleasant. Better to err on the safe side. If your house lacks shutters, board up your windows with plywood.
Whatever you have outdoors that isn’t stationary, such as patio furniture or a barbecue grill, needs to be secured indoors, in a shed, your garage or, if those aren’t options, in the house itself. This will prevent such items from being blown against the house and damaging it.
What if, after all, water does invade your house? Use towels, paper towels, or even blankets to soak it up. If you still have electricity, wash and dry these items promptly. If not, then as soon as the storm is over, take them outside so they don’t make the house damper. Dampness promulgates the growth of dangerous mold.
And if, despite all your efforts, you have drenched carpets, wet interior walls, or water-damaged personal treasures, it’s time to call the professionals. That’s us—Restoration USA. Call anytime. We offer 24/7 emergency service. One of our tech teams will arrive to remediate your problem, preserve your home and effects, and make sure no mold grows in your home. We’re here when you need us.