Six Tips to Avoid Property Damage in a Florida Hurricane

Although the Florida hurricane season doesn’t begin until June 1st, it is always a good idea to be prepared.  There are some measures you can take to help safeguard the inside of your home to prevent property damage in a Florida hurricane.

1. Ensure that your smoke alarms are working properly.  This tip is a good one to follow in general.  Your smoke alarms should be working at all times.  If the batteries go dead, change them right away.  During a Florida hurricane, debris can result in a leak in a gas line and could sever the electrical lines, increasing the risk of fire.

2. Keep a survival kit.  You should maintain a survival kit for you and your family in case of an emergency.  It should contain cash, candles, matches, flashlights, clothes, canned food, a can opener, first aid supplies and water.

3. Store water. You can either boil and store water or keep a supply of bottled water.  Having clean water is crucial following a natural disaster, as we have seen from past hurricanes in Florida.

4. Unplug your electronics.  If you know that a storm is approaching, unplug anything electrical, including your refrigerator and television.  Electrical appliances can ignite.

5. Store valuables and electronic devices up high.  If your home floods from a Florida hurricane, you need to ensure that your valuables are safe. 

6. Place towels near windows and doors.  Towels will help soak up the rain and reduce the damage to your carpet and flooring inside your home.  It can also help reduce the risk of mold or mildew.

If your home has been damaged in a hurricane and you have filed an insurance claim, you might be surprised to find that the insurer delays or even denies payment.  If you find yourself in a dispute over a Florida hurricane insurance claim, you should contact an experienced Miami hurricane insurance lawyer at the Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. at (305) 461-1095 or Toll Free at 1-(866)-71-CLAIM.  We can step in on your behalf to ensure that you are treated fairly.