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Six Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage icon for SERVPRO If you have storm damage after a hurricane, contact SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park.

Do you live in an area that's prone to hurricane activity? Are you new to the site and want to know what you should do when a hurricane warning issue occurs? When a hurricane is approaching, be ready.

Tips You Need to Stay Safe During Hurricane Season


Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials

Depending on the hurricane, you'll want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. You should stock up on water, bread, non-perishables, and items you can eat without cooking. Also, make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights and headlamps and buy candles and matches.


Tip #2: Check Your Insurance

Make sure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of the Tampa storm damage.


Tip #3: Make a Video of Your Home

This helps with proving the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. Also, make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case destroyed in a storm. It includes documents such as your birth certificate, your driver's license, your home's deed, and your social security card, and unpaid bills.


Tip #4: Protect Your Property

Install hurricane shutters or plywood of at least 3/4 inches in thickness. You may need to install hurricane clips to secure the roof of your home to the walls. This is important in areas that may receive a direct hit, and install foot and head bolts on all doors.


Tip #5: Make an Evacuation Plan

When it is time to leave, go. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles from your home.


Tip #6: Don't Take Risks

People hurt in hurricanes stay in their homes or are taking extreme risks -- like leaving late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the hurricane begins. Stay from electrical poles and wires. Bunker down in your safe room from windows. Don't go outside when the hurricane has started.


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We live and work in this community, too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are a proud and active member of the community and want to do our part to make our community the best possible.

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