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Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

The best time to prepare for a storm is well before one is on the horizon. The following information and resources are intended to help you reduce risk to your home and family well in advance of a hurricane or wind storm.

Advice to Help You Prepare for Hurricane Season

Develop a hurricane plan.
Your family may not be together when a storm or other disaster strikes. How will you find each other? How will you know if everyone is safe? What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off? Having a hurricane plan in place can help you answer all of these questions. For help creating your own hurricane plan, view these step-by-step instructions. You can also view resources from the National Weather Service.

Schedule an annual tree inspection.
Preemptively protect your home from the risk of falling trees during a hurricane. Have the trees surrounding your home examined by a certified arborist to make sure they are healthy and stable. Contact our team for assistance with scheduling a complimentary tree-risk assessment from an arborist in your area.

Schedule an assessment with a roofing specialist.
The older your roof is, the weaker and more exposed it may be to wind and water damage in a hurricane. A roofing specialist can conduct a thorough review of your roof and soffits to identify any loose or missing tiles or issues with flashing. They can then repair them before hurricane season arrives.

If you have storm shutters for your windows, make sure they are operating well.
If your shutters need to be installed manually, ensure your contract to have them fitted is up-to-date. Confirm that your contractor will be able to put them in place at short notice if a hurricane is in the forecast.

Invest in a permanently installed generator.
Consider investing in a generator to avoid power outages caused by hurricanes and other storms. Read our advice for selecting and installing a generator, and contact Risk Management Services to learn about special offers available to members from leading manufacturers.

Reduce the potential for flying debris.
In advance of a hurricane, protect your home by clearing the surrounding areas of fallen branches, yard ornaments, lawn furniture and other items that may become wind-borne debris. In coastal areas, if you are re-landscaping your driveway or garden, consider alternatives to gravel or stones.

Make use of today’s technology.
In an emergency situation, like a hurricane, your smartphone can be a very valuable tool. In addition to providing you access to useful news and weather apps, it can double as a flashlight, backup storage for vital documents and photos and a tool to help you to locate family members.

Make sure you have proper coverage in place for hurricane flood damage.
Flooding is the most common natural disaster and a frequent byproduct of hurricane season, yet flood damage is not covered by a traditional Homeowners policy. Talk to your independent insurance broker about your options for flood coverage, including PURE Flood Solutions®.