Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Resources

Prepare and recover using the following information provided by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS):  

Quick guide to what you can do now to prepare:

  • Shutters: Install the hardware needed to put up shutters or pre-cut plywood to protect windows and doors now. This will allow for easier installation if the storm threatens your area.
  • Surroundings: Bring in any loose items, such as garbage cans and lawn furniture, and pick up any debris in the yard that can act as a projectile during high winds.
  • Trees: Trim your risk of damage by cutting weak tree branches, along with branches that are positioned over structures, which could be broken off by high winds and cause property damage.
  • Seals: Make sure caulking around windows and doors is in good shape and not cracked, broken or missing, and fill any holes or gaps around pipes or wires that enter your building.
  • Basement: Move furniture and electronic devices off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels to prevent water damage.
  • Rugs: Roll up area rugs, and get them off the floor to reduce the chances of rugs getting wet and growing mold. This is particularly important if the property will be left unattended for an extended period of time and if long-term power outages are a possibility.
  • Sump Pumps & Drains: Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If a sump pump has a battery backup, make sure the batteries are fresh or replace the batteries.

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