Hurricane mitigation encompasses the actions and measures taken before a hurricane strikes. Being a homeowner makes your home one of your largest investments. Therefore, protecting it from natural disasters should be a top priority.
A natural disaster can occur at any given time. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast predicts a reduced amount of activity than last year, but this does not mean we should let our guards down. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your home from damage before this year’s Hurricane Season is in full effect:
Home Inspection: Is your home ready for a natural disaster? Consider having your home inspected each year before Hurricane Season approaches to ensure your personal safety, along with your home and belongings.
Shutters: If you hear news of an approaching hurricane, installing shutters to your windows can be beneficial. If a window in your home is broken during a hurricane, it can expose the inside of your house to excessive winds and rain, and potentially lift the roof from below.
Make Your Roof Hurricane-Proof: If your home has an older roof, you should consider taking proper measures to strengthen it, making sure it can withstand heavy winds and rain. Click here for some tips on preventing hurricane damage to your roof.
Clear the Yard: Hurricane winds can be extremely dangerous. They are strong enough to pick up objects such as lawn chairs, garbage cans, wood, metal, bicycles, barbeque grills, etc. These winds can send these objects flying into your car and home. Before a hurricane strikes, remove these types of objects and bring them inside.
There is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop a hurricane, but by taking these suggestions into consideration, you can lessen its impact on your home significantly. Remember, these procedures should to be taken well in advance of the hurricane, not a few hours before.
As one of Florida's largest home insurers, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company knows the importance of keeping your family and home safe and protected. We strive to provide efficient, cost-effective, peace-of-mind protection for our policyholders. To learn more about Florida Peninsula, please contact (877) 229-2244 or visit the Get a Quote section on our website.