Now is a good time to familiarize ourselves with best practices for weather preparedness. Hurricane season lasts through November with September – October being one of the peak times for named storms and hurricanes (according to The Weather Channel).
CAM Construction continues to work with and for homeowners and businesses owners recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully, many are back in their homes and offices and to our amazement most have moved forward from their own challenges while continuing to assist others. The people of Houston are truly amazing!
Things you can do to be best prepared for heavy wind and rain:
1. Maintain the landscape
Trim tree branches that hang over your roof or vehicles. Heavy winds, prolonged rain and ice can cause these braches to break, resulting in damage to your home and vehicles. During the fall, leaves, twigs and other debris can fill your gutters. It is important to clean them out so rain can flow out easily. Gutter guards are great to install to prevent debris build up from the beginning. You won’t have to spend time cleaning, and they are relatively inexpensive.
2. Inspect the exteriors
Make sure windows are sealed properly to avoid any water penetration. This will also help save on energy costs to ensure your home stays cool. If necessary, apply weather stripping to exterior-facing windows to ensure they are sealed well.
3. Review/ Update any necessary insurance items
Have a conversation with your insurance broker to ensure your home structure has adequate coverage and that the policy limit is enough to rebuild your home. It is also important to understand the different deductibles (could be dollar or percentage depending on disaster type) and applicable coverage limits.
4. Keep your records current and accessible
Make sure you have insurance documents, photos of property, receipts from furniture purchases, etc. accessible in case of an evacuation. You may consider using Dropbox or other cloud-based storage so your files are easy to organize and access when needed. This would be especially helpful during the insurance claims process. Here is a good home inventory overview to get you started.
5. Stock up on Supplies
As you probably witnessed pre-Harvey, the lines at grocery stores and hardware stores get very long in the days preceding a forecasted emergency. Do yourself a favor and stock up now. In addition to the obvious canned goods, water bottles, batteries and flashlights, consider the items you use everyday and what you may need if you loose electricity. Depending on the weather you may need a battery operated fan (or several), nonelectric coffee maker, blankets, ice chest, rechargeable phone battery, etc.