Technically, every state in the country is susceptible to flash flooding. However, there are some states, like those along the Gulf Coast, that are even more prone to become potential targets of major tropical storms. We are currently seeing this play out in Texas in a very devastating way. Florida has certainly had its fair share of huge storms. Anytime there’s a hurricane in another part of the country, it is always a good time to make sure you are prepared for the next storm. Here are some storm prep tips you should put into action today:
Prepare A “Go Kit”
Although you might not like to think about this, there’s a chance if you ever had to evacuate because of a storm you could come home to a totally flooded house. That is why you need to prepare “go kit” that has all of your important papers such as copies of your insurance policy, emergency contacts, your home inventory, extra keys, powers of attorney and any other personal records you might need to access your finances. All of these can be in a small lockbox that you can essentially grab and go.
Consider a Generator
The first hour of a power outage you can make into a fun adventure for the kids. Break out the flashlights and maybe even setting up a tent in the living room. But as the darkness wears on, it becomes apparent that you really do need to have power. A backup generator is a good idea to have not only to keep your cell phones charge and some lights turned on but to ensure your sump pump is always running.
Check Your Homeowner’s Policy
There are many people living in Houston right now who have lost everything and didn’t have flood insurance. Part of the reason was because they were living in zones that were designated as flood areas. That all changed with Hurricane Harvey. You need to make sure you have the proper coverage for your home. Many insurers don’t provide flood insurance but you can get it from FEMA. You should also check to see if you are covered for accidental sewage backups. That is definitely a costly mess that you don’t want to be paying for.
It’s a good idea to include the contact for Junk King Sarasota in your cell phone as well. These are professional junk haulers who have a lot of experience cleaning up after storms. Municipal workers will be overextended. You can always count on Junk King Sarasota to provide fast storm debris and water damage cleanup.