Severe weather is an unfortunate reality of living in Florida. From daily thunderstorms in the summer to seasonal hurricanes and even tornadoes, the Sunshine State can get scary when the dark clouds roll in.
As a homeowner, there are many things you can and should do to protect yourself and your loved ones during times of inclement weather. Use these tips to ensure the safety of your family and property, no matter what’s happening outside:
Before the Storm
Proper planning is important and could prevent injury and inconvenience. Prior to the storm, walk the perimeter of your Fort Myers home, paying special attention to structural integrity, including the roof and windows. Entry points such as doors and windows are particularly vulnerable during severe weather. Even if you have storm windows, it’s still a good idea to double up on protection by covering them with high-quality Aluminum Accordion Shutters.
Protect against flooding by piling sandbags at least two feet high around entryways into the home. Bring loose items inside (patio furniture, barbecue grills). It’s also important to clear your yard of visible debris such as leaves, twigs, and miscellaneous items that could become airborne during a storm and cause injury or property damage.
It’s also a good idea to take inventory of items in and around your home. Catalog major items and take special note of things such as serial numbers. Having this information readily on hand will be helpful in the event of a potential insurance claim.
Create a fully-stocked disaster preparedness kit that includes enough food, water, and supplies for every member of the family for at least a week. Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event the power goes out or evacuation becomes necessary.
After the Storm
Once Fort Myers officials have given the ‘all-clear,’ and after you’ve ensured that everyone in the family is safe, it’s a good idea to inspect your property for possible storm damage. Be very careful about downed power lines. Do not proceed outside if power lines have been compromised.
Otherwise, compile a list of damages (downed trees, structural damage). In the coming days and weeks following a storm, make sure you schedule qualified professionals to satisfy any damages to your property.
Basic Precautions Go a Long Way
If you’re unsure about your home’s integrity and if it can weather a storm, it’s best to contact a skilled and knowledgeable professional who can perform a thorough inspection and provide accurate and detailed information on how to improve the safety and security of your property.
For more than six decades, we’ve been a trusted and dependable leader in Fort Myers, focused on creating and installing secure structures capable of withstanding Florida storms. From durable awnings and shutters to hurricane windows in Fort Myers, louvered roof systems, storm protection/security, and more, we have innovative property enhancement solutions designed to keep your home secure in all types of weather. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you prepare for Florida’s hurricane season.