Tips for Homeowners as Florida’s Hurricane Season Nears its Peak

According to the most recent reports, Hurricane Irene is fast approaching the Florida coast, with Broward and Palm Beach counties directly in the storm’s path. As of Tuesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center reports that Irene has sustained winds of up to 100 mph, but experts predict the storm will become stronger as it moves north and it could increase to Category 4 strength by Friday.

Although Irene is the first hurricane of the season, it is not likely to be the last. Below are some tips for homeowners to keep themselves and their property safe as the hurricane season nears its peak.

Homeowners should also contact their insurers to make certain that their current coverage offers adequate protection in the event a storm hits. In particular, consider whether your policy covers flood or water damage and whether it will fully cover any necessary rebuilding costs. Homeowners should also prepare a list of their belongings to present to the insurance company in the event that their home is seriously damaged.

An Attorney Can Help

Hurricanes can severely damage homes and it is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to undervalue the cost of repairs or to miss certain types of damage. If your home is damaged in a hurricane or severe storm, contact an experienced insurance claims lawyer. A knowledgeable insurance claims attorney can work with you to make sure that you receive the money you need to restore your home to its pre-storm condition.