Advanced Preparation for Hurricane Season

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The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Now is the time to prepare before the storm season hits. The staff here at Dreyer’s DKI in Gainesville, Florida would like to give you a few tips on planning ahead to help you protect your family and your home from these dangerous storms.

Insurance

Check the insurance coverage on your home. Consider adding insurance for flood damage and also coverage for additional living expenses in case your home is destroyed in a storm.

Inventory

Putting together a home inventory can save you time and make filing a claim easier. Document the contents of your home with digital still shots and or a video camera. Keep a running database on all of your valuable items, keep all receipts and consider separate coverage for these things.

Hardware

To protect your property, you may consider installing hurricane deterrent hardware such as storm shutters or cut ¾ inch plywood to size for each window of your house. If using plywood be sure to install anchors and pre-drill holes so they can be put up quickly. Install top and bottom bolts to all exterior doors for extra wind protection. Check your home for hurricane straps which should have been installed at the seams between your roof and walls during initial construction.

Emergency Supply Kit

Make sure you have an emergency supply kit well stocked and available. This will include a two weeks supply of water and nonperishable food for each family member including pets. Personal hygiene items, a change of clothing, blankets, can opener, eating utensils, flashlight, radio, batteries, and, of course, a first-aid kit are all things that should be included.

Documentation

Gather copies of your important documents to take with you in the event of an evacuation. Put these in an easily accessible waterproof, ziploc bag. Have the originals stashed away in your bank security box. Include driver’s license or personal ID, social security card, proof of residence such as a deed or lease agreement, home insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates, wills, deeds, and your checkbook.

Hopefully this hurricane season will be uneventful, but at least you will be ready. Dreyer’s DKI has been in the business of disaster restoration since 1979, we know what to do if something should happen to your home, like fire for instance…(check your smoke alarms!) call for more information at 352-403-0350