Dry Out Restorations knows water damage restoration. As a company located in Miami and serving the Southern, Central, and Northwestern areas of Florida, we are no strangers to the damage that can be caused by extreme weather. We want you to be safe and protected. That’s why we put together a checklist for hurricane season. There are important steps to take to ensure the safety of you, your family, your home, and your belongings. As a reminder, hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. So, what can you do to stay safe?

When The Storm Threatens

You want to take steps to stay safe and prevent damage at the first signs of a storm. A threatening storm is not the same as an approaching storm. Nonetheless, even if the storm is just threatening, and has not yet been announced as approaching, you want to make sure to do the following:

  • Refill medications
  • Stock up on cash and general supplies
  • Fill your vehicles with gas
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good shape and stocked with supplies (e.g. spare tire and aerosol kit)
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Prepare boats and pools (but don’t drain the pool)
  • Charge your phone

When The Storm Is Approaching

If the storm has graduated from a warning to a full-on approach, then you want to take extra precautions. It’s important to wait to do many of these things until the storm is approaching. Filling up gasoline cans, for instance, is a fire hazard. You want to avoid doing things like this too soon. When the storm is approaching you will want to:

  • Secure windows with shutters, storm panels, or plywood (attach sockets with wood screws since they will do less damage than nails)
  • Remove swings and tarps from swing sets
  • Disconnect and take down satellite dish or antennae
  • Tie down anything you can’t bring in
  • Move patio furniture, grills, potted plants, etc. inside your home or garage
  • Take any loose clippings, rain gutters, or moldings inside
  • Secure or remove the mailbox
  • Remove roof turbines and cap holes with screw-on caps (unsecured turbines can fly off and leave large holes for rain to pour through)
  • Prepare patio screening by removing panels to let wind pass through (despite being able to sustain tropical-force winds, patio screening can separate from the frame)
  • Secure and brace external doors, especially garage and double doors
  • Relocate vehicles out of flood-prone areas, away from trees, and close to homes or buildings
  • Stock up on plenty of water and canned foods

Storm Don’ts

Also, there are some things you don’t want to do. Don’t tape your windows, as this can create daggers of broken glass and bake onto panes. You also don’t want to turn off your natural gas. Leave that to emergency or utility professionals.

Water Damage Restoration And More

Ultimately, Dry Out Restorations wants you and your family to have a fun and safe summer. We are here to help with issues that may result from a tropical storm. Whether you’re in Miami or the Southern, Central, or Northwestern area, contact Dry Out Restorations for water damage restoration, mold remediation, and much more.

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