When you are alerted that a hurricane could strike your hometown it’s common to experience strong emotions filled with worry and distress. Widespread panic can affect all who are in the path of this natural disaster. A hurricane has strong winds and heavy rainfall, and can cause flooding, rip currents and possibly tornados. The damage caused by a hurricane depends on the severity of the storm, but it can cause death and injuries to people and animals and destruction to the structures in its war path.
The most affected areas that commonly have hurricanes include the Atlantic coastline and the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, and parts of the Southwest. Those of us living in Florida are all too familiar with hurricanes, so here are some tips on how to be ready for the next one.
When preparing for a hurricane you want to make sure to talk openly and honestly to your family ahead of time to reduce any fear that may arise.
Gather up all of your important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates, social security cards, valuables, photos and anything else that is easily portable and of value to you. Either take everything of importance with you when you evacuate your home or move them into a safe place in case of unexpected flooding. Take pictures of everything inside of your home and the outside for insurance purposes, so just in case anything does happen you will have proof. Also, remember to take pictures of the important documents.
Make sure you have everything packed up ahead of time for your animals such as enough food and water for them. Also have their crate ready with leashes and some toys to try to keep them distracted. Your pets might get nervous during this time too.
Your windows need to be protected before a hurricane. You can use precut plywood to fit over your windows and doors or you can invest in permanent storm shutters. Plywood is heavy and more difficult to move around compared to storm shutters in Melbourne, Florida. Hurricane shutters reduce noise and are made out of an array of materials for you to choose from.
At Brevard Shutters & Accessories, Inc. we are happy to help you learn more about the different shutter options such as Roll-Up’s, Bahamas, Accordions and Clear Panels to help protect you and your family during a hurricane. All of our products provide protection along with quality customer service.