As a Florida resident, being prepared for hurricanes comes with the territory. In Florida, the hurricane season officially starts on June 30th and lasts until November 30th.Although it’s highly recommended that you put a plan in place well before the start of the season, if you haven’t begun preparing or if you’re not certain you have all your bases covered, now is the time to get ready.
While there’s no need to panic, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event that a hurricane arrives. There are also many resources available online from the state of Florida that can help you prepare.
Listed below are some of the things you can do to prepare for a hurricane:
- Create an evacuation plan. Make sure you and everyone in your family knows where to meet in the event that you get separated. Ideally, you should have a destination arranged in advance. If you plan on driving, always have a full tank of gas.
- Track the forecast. If a hurricane is on the way, keep the emergency notifications on your cellular phone activated. Alerts from apps and social media are often more up to date than the news.
- Create a hurricane kit. Don’t wait until a hurricane comes to stock up on supplies. Instead, prepare your emergency kit before the season begins. Some of the most important things to have are water and non-perishable food (to last at least 3 days), medication, batteries, flashlights, candles, personal hygiene items, matches, copies of personal documents and first aid kits.
- Entertainment. Especially if you have kids, prepare entertainment like board games, books, or cards. It’s common to lose power for long periods of time during a hurricane and having something fun to do is good for morale.
- Insurance coverage. If you don’t have flood insurance, now is the time to get it. Just an inch of water in your home can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Remember, flood insurance generally takes about 30 days to go into effect, so prepare ahead of time. If you do have insurance but are unsure about the details of the plan, review your policy.
- Document your property. Taking pictures of your property before the hurricane can be helpful if you have to file a property damage claim afterwards.
Contact a knowledgeable property insurance attorney in Florida
Insurance companies are notorious for unjustly denying claims or trying to lowball the claim amount. At Johnson and Williams, we have years of experience fighting for clients who have been wronged by insurance companies. If your property was damaged in a hurricane and you are having trouble filing a claim with your insurance company, we can help you get the fair compensation you deserve. Contact our office today at (407) 245-1268 to speak with an Orlando property damage attorney, or write to us online to schedule a free consultation.