Preparing for an Active Hurricane Season: What You Need to Know

Preparing for an Active Hurricane Season: What You Need to Know
May 9, 2024

As the Atlantic hurricane season begins, forecasts predict heightened activity ahead. According to projections from Colorado State University, we can anticipate a particularly active season due to warmer temperatures and the expected return of La Niña conditions. Forecasts indicate we could see up to 23 named storms, including 11 hurricanes, with 5 of those potentially reaching major Category 3 status or higher. This heightened activity underscores the importance of being adequately prepared for potential storms and their aftermath.

Hurricane Preparedness Recommendations

As we brace ourselves for the challenges that an active hurricane season may bring, it's essential to take proactive measures to protect our homes, families, and assets. Here are some key storm preparedness recommendations to consider.

Home Protection Measures:

Secure Outdoor Items: Trim trees and bushes, secure outdoor furniture, and bring in any items that could become projectiles in high winds.

Reinforce Doors and Windows: Install storm shutters or board up windows and doors to protect against flying debris and wind damage.

Check Roof and Gutters: Ensure your roof is in good condition, and clean out gutters to prevent water buildup and potential leaks.

Backup Power Source: Invest in a generator or alternative power source to maintain essential functions during power outages.

Flood Protection: Elevate valuables and important documents, install flood barriers or sandbags if necessary, and consider purchasing flood insurance if you're in a high-risk area.

Preparation for Potential Claims:

Review Insurance Coverage: Take the time to review your homeowners or renters insurance policy to understand your coverage limits, deductibles, and exclusions.

Document Property Condition: Take photographs or videos to document the condition of your home or property, including the interior, exterior, and other structures such as sheds and fences.

Inventory Contents: Create an inventory of your personal belongings, including taking photos or videos, and store important documents in a waterproof container or safe.

Emergency Fund: Build an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses associated with hurricane damage or evacuation.

Evacuation Plan: Develop a family evacuation plan, including designated meeting points and emergency contacts, and ensure everyone knows what to do in case of an evacuation order.

Stay Informed: Stay updated on weather forecasts and emergency alerts through local news sources, radio, or official government channels.

Stay Safe and Prepared This Hurricane Season!

By taking proactive steps to protect our homes and prepare for potential claims, we can mitigate the impact of severe weather events and recover more effectively in their aftermath. Remember, Averill & Reaney is here to assist you with any legal matters related to hurricane damage claims. If you have questions or need assistance with your insurance claim, don't hesitate to reach out to our team for guidance and support.