An unfortunate reality of living in Central Florida is the seasonal threat of hurricanes and other forms of severe weather (tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail). Meteorologists say it’s likely that at least one major storm will strike the region each season in the coming years. Given that assertion, it’s essential to put in place safeguards to protect your property and loved ones.
Preparation remains key. That includes stocking first aid and supplies kits, creating family emergency plans, and more. Now’s also a good time to evaluate whether your existing home can withstand Mother Nature’s wrath.
Use this advice to prepare for/prevent hurricane damage, and keep your family and home secure no matter the weather.
Get Emergency Coverage
When a storm is approaching, it’s too late to obtain home insurance and other property protections. Don’t risk getting stuck with the bill for costly repairs and replacement of your belongings. Secure comprehensive insurance protection early on.
In addition, pay close attention to the state of your property. There’s a saying that “the best time to fix the roof is when the sun’s shining.” It means needed repairs should be taken care of as soon as you notice a problem. Contractor schedules are often booked before and after severe weather incidents. So, essential maintenance could still be incomplete by the time the next storm approaches.
Make Advanced Preparations
If you’ve experienced a hurricane in Central Florida, you know that store shelves go empty weeks before the storm. Many distributors are unwilling or unable to re-stock in the face of severe weather. Rather than getting stuck in the uncomfortable situation of being without needed supplies, it’s important to devise a storm safety plan well in advance of any inclement weather activity.
That includes securing necessary items to protect your property such as plywood, storm panels, garage door braces, impact-resistant windows, and more. You’ll also need an up-to-date first aid kit, and enough food and water to last each member of the family at least two weeks. Keep in mind that the power often goes out during severe weather. Generators sell out fast, so it’s best to purchase early.
Implement Other Safeguards
Along with these preparations, make sure to store important documents, precious keepsakes, and other items at off-site locations. This can be done just for storm preparation, or all the time.
Many owners of Plantation Bay homes choose floor safes for this purpose. Others select bank safe deposit boxes, filing integral documents with attorneys and/or medical personnel, and other options.
In addition (and specifically if you live in a coastal region) decide where you and your loved ones will seek shelter should evacuation become necessary. Designated shelters fill up fast, and some have even been subject to damage themselves. Hotels are quickly booked in advance of severe weather. Some people choose to bunk up with nearby relatives until the storm passes, or make other accommodations.
Maximize Safety and Security
Severe weather is unpredictable. There’s no way to determine beforehand exactly what might occur. Still, choosing the best structure to ensure the safety of your loved ones is paramount. Today’s custom homes in Daytona Beach must adhere to strict guidelines for safety and comfort. That means, unlike some older existing homes, this option gives you the peace of mind that your property can stand up to the sometimes-harsh Central Florida elements.
Over the years, we’ve earned a solid reputation as a trusted and reliable Ormond Beach home builder. Along with our many awards, we’re most proud of the outstanding customer service we’re able to provide. We use only the highest quality materials to ensure a custom home with features that match your unique personality and style preferences.
Browse the photos section of our website to witness the elegant ambiance of which we’re capable. Then, contact us today to discover how you can get started with a safe and comfortable custom home of your own.