Prepare For Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian is expected by forecasts to grow into a category 4 by the end of this Labor Day weekend. Whether or not its intensity increases, Floridians should remain alert of the storm’s development and take the necessary precautions at home. Property damages and personal injuries could take place even in the event of mild tropical storms, so it is important residents don’t underestimate the importance of being prepared. As in every hurricane season, residents looking for storm damage attorneys in Orlando and throughout Central Florida can rely on the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. to represent their best interests when filing any storm damage claims. In the meantime, practice caution wisely with the help of the following tips.
Before, during, and after any storm, stay informed of the latest developments, news, and alerts broadcasted by official sources — such as the National Weather Service and your local police station. Sign up for storm-related alerts on your phone, and get a portable radio with enough batteries to keep you informed in the event of a blackout. Do not dismiss the hurricane as having already moved past your area until you hear the good news directly from local authorities.
A general homeowner’s insurance policy will cover wind damage to roofs and siding, but problems like water damage often require a separate policy. In general, no single policy covers all damages caused by hurricanes, and insurance companies will dispute as many claims as they can to save them money — especially after a hurricane when an abundance of claims are filed. To ensure your storm damage is fairly covered, take pictures of your property before and after the hurricane (when it is safe to do so), and contact an insurance dispute attorney to help you.
Be Prepared For An Evacuation
In the event you need to leave your property, you will need a thought-out emergency plan and evacuation route. If you own a car, fuel it up 1–2 days before the storm. While you are at it, don’t forget to fill your backup generator with gas, too. You must have a clear idea of where you need to go, and what routes you should take. Check out your local news station or police department for official information and have an emergency supply kit ready to take with you.
Secure The Outside Of Your Property
Take enough time to inspect the outside of your property for items that could be picked up by strong winds. Trash cans, outdoor furniture, outdoor plants, and décor should all be secured inside your property or in a storage unit.
Check your roof for leaks or loose shingles before the heavy rains begin. In the event your roof is damaged by the storm, an insurance dispute lawyer can assist you in filiing a roof damage claim.
High-powered winds can send launch small debris, possibly leading to dangerous window damage. If recommended by the local authorities, secure windows with boards or install window shutters.
Stock Enough Supplies
The main supply you should focus on is water. Fill bathtubs and jugs in their entirety in case of a water shut-down. Have on-hand at minimum one-half gallon of drinking water per person, per day, for at least a week. If purchasing packaged water, do so early as some grocery stores run out even days before the hurricane due to high demand.
Store enough non-perishable foods like peanut butter and canned goods for at least one week. Make sure you have a non-electric can opener. For perishable foods, turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep the doors closed to ensure the food will last as long as possible without power.
Flashlights & Batteries
Get one flashlight per person and enough batteries for one week. Charge all of your cell phones and portable batteries. During the storm, conserve battery life by reducing the brightness of the screen, turning on smart battery modes, using Wi-Fi instead of 4G, limiting video use, powering down the device when not in use.
In case of an evacuation, you will need money for supplies you might have to purchase on your way to safety. Be mindful, however, that ATMs and credit cards will not work when the power is out, and blackouts may have extended well beyond your city. Have cash on-hand instead.
Gather enough to keep yourself distracted and entertained. Set aside board games, books, playing cards, and children's toys to keep you and your loved ones busy. Wait the storm out patiently, and avoid going outside.