With hurricane season upon us, it is important to ensure that everyone in our homes and offices knows what to do during and after a hurricane. If a hurricane may be on the way, listen carefully to warnings and announcements on the radio and television for up-to-date news about safety and evacuations. In order to be prepared for hurricanes, it is a best practice to prepare your home for this emergency. Keep flashlights and extra batteries on hand, as well as bottles of potable drinking water. Pack an emergency kit in case of evacuation with necessary medications, first aid supplies and anything else you need for an overnight or few days away from your home.
If you are inside your home during a hurricane, stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Once you have secured your home, remain on the first floor or basement–whichever is least likely to get flooded. Find the most secure space to wait out the storm, under or behind a sturdy object. If you can, it is best to keep a radio handy for accurate information on the storm’s progress.
After the Hurricane
Once the hurricane is over, there will be a lot of cleanup to do. Safety is always the most critical factor after a hurricane because there is debris that can cause injuries. Follow the instructions of your local officials who are monitoring the safety of roads and thoroughfares.
Hurricanes are frightening and can be dangerous even after the fact. Even though you may be eager to reclaim your home after an evacuation or examine the damage, take care not to rush too much. Floodwater can be tricky and even just six inches can sweep you off your feet. This is especially true for vulnerable children and elderly adults. Stay in contact with someone throughout the storm and its aftermath to keep track of each other. Watch for loose power lines, and report them immediately.
As you search through your home for storm damage, watch for hidden debris, holes, gas and electrical connection issues. Electricity and gas should not be turned back on until you are convinced that it has been thoroughly checked. Watch for loose or damaged foundations or walls. Wear clothing that will protect your body from debris including sturdy shoes or boots. Check your home for fire hazards, sewage and water-line damage. Wait to drink any tap water until your local police department has deemed it safe to drink.
Floodwaters can be a large problem after a hurricane. Besides the water damage that can occur, floodwaters hide debris and cause building foundations to crack and erode. They also can drag animals such as snakes into buildings and leave them behind after they recede. For all of these reasons, one should take caution when entering a building after a hurricane.
Abney Insurance Agency in Winter Garden, Florida can provide you with information on how to protect yourself with hurricane insurance and the steps to take to prepare and recover from this disaster. We can help you with inspecting and assessing property damage caused by a hurricane and the best way to seek help. Contact us for more information about how to protect your property in the event of a hurricane in your area.