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Preparing Your Naples Home for Hurricane Season: 6 Tips for Maximum Safety

Posted by Ryann Minkler on May 14, 2017 7:22:00 AM

Preparing-Your-Naples-Home-for-Hurricane-Season-6-Tips-for-Maximum-Safety.jpgFlorida residents—especially those living along the coasts—know that hurricane season is simply a part of life in the Sunshine State. Still, it’s helpful to remind ourselves of the steps we need to take to secure our homes during that time. And while there is little that can be done to protect a home in the direct path of a hurricane, there are steps that will help guard your home against the severe weather that is spun off by hurricanes. Here’s a look at six steps you may want to take in preparation this year.

Start With Your Roof

Ensuring that your roof won’t leak may not help against hurricane- force winds, but it can keep the water from heavy rains out of your home. Have your roof inspected to make sure all the shingles or tiles are secured and not cracked. You might even want to add roof straps if you don’t already have them. Florida, builders are required to attach a home's roof to the walls with metal straps.

Examine Window Seals

Hot weather can damage the seals on your windows so that they no longer keep out the slashing rain associated with hurricanes. If necessary, have your windows re-caulked. It won’t stop a hurricane, but it can reduce the damage that hurricane-induced weather does. And while you’re at it, take a look at places where cables and electrical lines come into your home. It’s another way unwanted water can find its way inside.

Clear the Yard of Potential Flying Objects

Much of the damage caused by hurricane-force winds comes from objects picked up and blown against a home. Secure outdoor items such as grills, garden fixtures, lawn furniture, and tools. Store them in a place where they can’t be turned into missiles. You can get them out again later.

Know What You Need to Protect

It’s always a good idea to have an inventory of what’s important to you. And while you don’t want to assume the worst, it’s prudent to make sure your list of prized possessions is up to date. It’s easy to acquire items and not think about them. Make a current list of items of value should you need to submit an insurance claim. The camera on your smart phone is a perfect way to make a visual list.

Conduct a Quick Insurance Review

Make sure your insurance policy will cover the full cost of rebuilding if you lose your home in a storm. Don’t assume that the insured value of your home will actually cover the cost to rebuild. And make sure your insurance covers flooding. That’s something that took a lot of Hurricane Sandy survivors by surprise. They were covered for the hurricane, but not for flooding.

Examine Window Seals

Hot weather can damage the seals on your windows so that they no longer keep out the slashing rain associated with hurricanes. If necessary, have your windows re-caulked. It won’t stop a hurricane, but it can reduce the damage that hurricane-induced weather does. And while you’re at it, take a look at places where cables and electrical lines come into your home. It’s another way unwanted water can find its way inside.

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Topics: Naples, Southwest Florida, Hurricane Season, Preparing your Home for a Hurricane