More often than not, Mother Nature has a way of reminding us who is in charge. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, homeowners and business owners are also required to prepare their properties for hurricane season. The good thing about hurricanes is that you usually have time to prepare. Those property owners who do not adequately take time to secure their assets beforehand are more vulnerable to damage and destruction when a hurricane hits. To help, we’ve rounded up the best tips to prepare for a hurricane, from securing insurance in Texas to securing the interior of the property.
Hurricane Preparedness in Texas
- Listen out for updates
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a hurricane is to know when one is coming and take action. Listen to the radio and local news channels for updates about the climate and if there are evacuation orders in place.
- Make a plan
If evacuation is necessary, turn off all utilities and follow community disaster preparedness plans. Your family needs to designate a single point of contact for all family members, preferably out of state, who you can call. If you have pets, plan for their evacuation as well.
- Secure the exterior
Trim large trees that are dead, diseased, or dying. Remove low-hanging branches that could snap off and become flying debris. Move patio furniture, potted plants, bikes, and toys inside.
- Install storm shutters
Protect windows and doors with appropriate shutters or impact-resistant glass. For last-minute protection, nail pieces of plywood to window frames.
- Remove wall hangings and art
Make sure all wall hangings are secure, and take notes about your art collection and any existing damage. For those expensive pieces, it’s best to remove them from the walls and wrap them up.
- Move your cars
If possible, move your car to higher ground or park them in the garage against the garage doors. Avoid leaving them under trees, power lines, and in low-lying areas.
- Unplug appliances
When you know a storm is coming, unplug major appliances. A break or surge in electricity can damage the appliances, leaving you with a hefty bill to replace them.
- Prep an emergency kit
Gather flashlights, batteries, a portable radio, non-perishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, pet supplies, and toiletries. Store in an easy-to-access bag.
- Review your insurance
Dig out your insurance coverage and understand what is and is not covered. Update your home inventory if necessary and ensure that your belongings and property are protected if damaged by a storm.
Being prepared is essential for hurricane safety, and these tips can help keep your family and your property unharmed. Talk to the professionals at J. Archer Insurance Group to find out how we can make finding and maintaining the right insurance quick and easy. As an independent insurance agency, we have access to a range of carriers to ensure that you get the right policy for your family and needs. Serving Houston, Texas, and beyond, contact us today.