Knowing the risks and preparing for the expected unexpected goes a long way towards staying safe. Whether the incoming threat is a hurricane or tropical storm, the common denominator is high winds and heavy rain. It pays to be ready before the incoming hurricane has a name or even better well before the storm season begins.
According to the National Weather Service, tropical cyclones (hurricanes) are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Even areas well away from the coastline are in danger by winds and flooding.
Download this preparation guideline from NWS for storm damage control.
One of the most widely under-protected possessions, our vehicles can not withstand extreme wind and water levels, take special precautions in driving and even parked cars. Find out more on safety and vehicles during a storm.
Common, often overlooked but very avoidable storm concerns:
- Running out of gas while in evacuation traffic
- Vehicle Damage – comprehensive coverage during hurricane season
- Getting Lost – No Electric, Cellular Coverage, GPS or Phone – Old fashion paper maps!
- Flying Debris often does more harm than anything else – Trim branches that look unsteady.
- Evacuation Route – Make sure you have this well in advance.
- Sanitation and Health – Bottled water, canned food, and the standard items found in an emergency kit should be available at a moments notice.
A list of items recommended should be kept packed and ready:
- Battery powered flashlight
- Portable battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- List of emergency phone numbers
- Prescriptions and essential medicines
- First aid kit
- Nonperishable emergency food
- Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
- Non-electric can opener
- Disposable camera
- Credit cards and cash
- Change of clothing
- Sturdy shoes or boots
- Important papers, identification, and bank information
Some items that you may not yet be familiar with, but should be in the event of a severe storm. These happen to be the most sought after items during a hurricane. Finding them available in advance is probably a good idea, as they may not be available as word gets out when a storm is developing. These items are relatively inexpensive and can save $1,000s and help keep you safe and secure in the end:
- Plywood – secure windows
- Fabric panels – used as a “net” in front of car window and fragile points to ward off flying debris
- Hurricane straps – secure the roof
- Flood barriers – sandbags are standard to keep floodwater out
- Storm panels – often aluminum shutters are affixed as plywood is, to the windows. These can be permanently installed on tracks as well.
- Garage door braces – Most vulnerable to high winds, therefore interior walls and your cars too. Vertical metals braces will do the trick.
Life is full of unexpected weather and events that can take us by surprise. Being prepared is the best way to ward off loss and damage. While that’s not always possible, Title Pro can help get you through the rough times.
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