The only good thing that can be said about a hurricane is that they are never a surprise. Unlike the tornadoes that plague the Midwest, a hurricane takes days to build up strength. They start out as tropical storms that either grow to hurricane size or break up. If they do grow to hurricane strength, the there are enough sophisticate modeling programs that can predict flood surges, wind speeds and the track of the hurricane. That gives residents in the path of the hurricane a chance to make the proper preparations. The key is to be proactive with regards to those preparations.
Leaving the Home
If an evacuation order seems eminent, then there is a lot you should do to prepare your home. If you have a second floor, then anything valuable on the first floor should be moved upstairs. Windows should be shuttered or covered with plywood. It is hard to imagine any homeowner along the Florida coast that doesn’t already have precut covers for their windows.
Around the yard, you want to make sure that anything that isn’t properly secured is stowed away. The includes everything from a BBQ grill to potted plants. They can all be weaponized in a hurricane. The more preparations you can take care off around your property the more time you’ll have to pack for the evacuation.
You should have a lockbox that can contain all your valuable documents especially your insurance policy. If possible, you should scan all those documents and email them to yourself. You should also pack a few days’ worth of clothing and any supplies like diapers for an infant or medications for grownups. Jugs of water, non-perishable snacks/food, flashlights and a first-aid kit should also be a part of your “go kit.”
Before leaving, you might want to consider shutting the water valve and flipping off the electricity and gas. Above all else, make sure you tell your friends, family and neighbors where you intend to evacuate to.
When the storm is over and you return to your property, the cleanup effort can begin. Hopefully, any damage will be kept to a minimum. You’ll be able to bring in the pros from Junk King Orlando to help with that storm debris clean up, too. They’ll be able to load up an entire truck worth of rubbish and debris that might have been blown into your yard. That will help you get your life back to order ASAP.
There is no reason to take chances in a severe storm. Follow the directions and get your home ready. Junk King Orland wants everyone to stay safe.