Florida has seen about twice as many hurricanes touch land in its recorded history as any other state, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There are several easy steps that homeowners can take to reduce the likelihood that their property will become a statistic.
Hurricane season will soon begin (June 1), so homeowners in Florida should consider the following home tips to protect their properties:
- Install storm shutters to protect windows from high winds.
- Identify a place to insure items that are used or left outside, such as furniture, gardening tools, toys, and trash cans. Strong winds can turn these items into projectiles capable of damaging homes and causing injuries.
- Clean gutters and drain pipes. Leaves, twigs, and debris may clog and obstruct these, preventing rainwater from moving away from homes and filtering efficiently.
- Buy flood insurance. Most home insurance policies do not cover the costly damages of hurricane floods. Policies of the National Flood Insurance Program come into force 30 days from the date of purchase, so homeowners should buy a policy before it is too late.
You can read more at the site www.floodsmart.gov.