The 2020 hurricane season has some steam left in it, and major storms like Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Sally, and Tropical Storm Beta remind us that storm prep should be in the forefront of our minds. Hurricanes and other major storms pose a threat to not only your safety but also the structural integrity of your home or business. You shouldn’t wait until an incoming storm warning is issued to start preparing. Start getting ready now, and when the storm passes, Action Restoration is here to help with disaster recovery services.
2020 Storm Prep in Texas and Florida
- Evacuation: Make decisions about your evacuation plan ahead of time, including nearby shelters and what documents or valuables you want to take with you when you go. Don’t forget to include your pets in your plan.
- Supplies: If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you’ve seen plenty of empty bread aisles and picked-clean shelves before a storm. Collect your supplies well in advance of the storm, including:
- Candles or lamps (don’t forget lamp fuel)
- Matches and/or lighters
- Tools you may need to make a quick repair, like plywood, tarps, duct tape, or a hammer and nails
- Any medications you or your family need
- Three days’ worth of drinking water per person
- Easy-to-prepare food that doesn’t need to be kept cool or heated
- First aid kit
- Battery-operated NOAA radio
- Plenty of flashlights
- Document your property: Inventorying your home and belongings will help you if you need to make an insurance claim. The easiest way to do this is to record the contents of your home on video or using photographs. Don’t forget to update it annually.
- Insurance: Go over your current policy and ensure that it covers wind and flood damage. If it doesn’t, or you have questions about your coverage, contact your insurance rep.
- Prepare your home: Strong winds during a hurricane can turn almost anything into a missile that could damage your (or your neighbor’s) home. There are preventive steps you can take to minimize damage:
- Keep tree branches and shrubs in your yard trimmed.
- Consider installing storm shutters. Savings on your insurance premiums can help pay for them in the long run. If storms shutters aren’t an option, cut plywood panels to fit your doors and windows ahead of time, then nail them into place when needed.
- Upgrade your garage door to a door with wind and impact protection. If your garage door fails during a storm, the opening could allow enough wind into your home to damage the roof.
- Seal any openings in the exterior of your home, like vents, valves, or outlets, with a good-quality urethane-based caulk.
Why Choose Action Restoration?
Action Restoration has been assisting businesses and homeowners in Texas and Florida with hurricane damage, water and flood damage, mold removal, and other disaster recovery services since 1998. We are privately owned, supply our own equipment, and employ a full-time team of almost 100 highly trained disaster response professionals. Our extensive inventory of commercial water drying equipment is the highest performing equipment available, which means we can accelerate structural drying time by over 30% to get your home or business back up and running faster than our competitors. Our team has the experience and knowledge to serve a wide range of industries, including maritime, industrial, offshore oil rigs, commercial property, schools, military installations, and medical facilities.
Once the storm passes, if your home or business needs expert attention, contact the best in the business at (800) 760-9081.