Miami residents know that storms come with the territory in the summer months. Taking steps to prepare for forecasted severe weather can reduce your risk for severe property damage.
Review these strategies as storm season approaches the Florida coast.
Talk to your family members about how you will meet and take cover with a storm on the way. Keep electronic versions of important documents for each person, including your homeowner’s insurance documents. Having this information on hand will streamline the claims process if your home does have storm damage.
Prepare your property
Trim back trees or branches that could snap off and damage your home or vehicle. Take this step at the beginning of the storm season. Keep an eye on the forecast and remove loose items from your property, and tie down things that you cannot move, when a hurricane is on the way.
You should have at least one gallon of water per person in your household per day for at least three and up to seven days, along with a three-to-seven-day supply of nonperishable food items. Other essentials include a battery-powered radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, a whistle, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, hand sanitizer, plastic garbage bags, plastic sheeting and duct tape, and cash. You should also have supplies as needed for the elderly, infants and people who have special medical needs.
In addition to these tips to avoid property damage in a hurricane or storm, pay attention to evacuation orders from Miami-Dade County. The county also provides resources such as a map to view the risk for a storm surge in your area.