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.
- Secure loose shingles, shutters and downspouts and fix any other problems that may become worse in high winds and heavy rain.
- Protect windows and doors with storm shutters.
- Put together an emergency supply kit and be sure to include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food and water for at least one week.
- Have an evacuation plan and inform friends and family where you will be if you are required to evacuate.
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.