Homeowners: How to Prepare Before a Hurricane Hits

By Stacy Mellete

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Florida is always plagued by hurricanes and other severe weather conditions given its geographical characteristics.

It will always suffer from harsh climate. It may be the one thing that residential homeowners can never completely avoid since it is out of your hands.

So, keeping your family safe and minimizing the damage should always be your priority in case another hurricane, like the one reported by usatoday.com recently, hits again:

Hurricane Arthur made landfall late Thursday on the southern end of North Carolina’s barrier islands, battering the shore with sustained winds of up to 100 mph.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the eye of the storm came ashore at about 11:15 p.m. ET over the Shackleford Banks between Cape Lookout and Beaufort. An automated weather station on Cape Lookout reported sustained winds of 77 mph, with a gust of 101 mph.

At 2 a.m. ET, the storm continued to move northeast toward Cape Hatteras, N.C., at 18 mph. The Hurricane Center said that little additional change in strength was expected Thursday night and Friday and that the storm would begin weakening Friday night.

So, we listed some of the things that you should do before a hurricane hits in Florida:

 1.    Create a disaster plan. Every household should have this not only for hurricanes but for other calamities. Knowing what to do in every situation can mean the difference between life and death.

 2.    Stock up on provisions. Because of the devastating effects of hurricanes, you will find that getting necessities would be more difficult with hindered roads and no communication. Having provisions would ensure your survival.

 3.    Store electronics and other fragile things in a safe place. Hurricanes have strong wind speed so expect things to get knocked down and be broken.

Keep a flashlight handy. Hurricanes often times knock power lines out so having a flashlight with you at all times can help you function better and avoid accidents.

5.    Check your house. Inspect the parts that always get damaged by hurricanes, like your windows and roofing to make sure that it can withstand the harsh weather. Make sure you have it repaired or reinforced because a faulty house can be more dangerous than the hurricane itself.

Consult with contractors like us at Affordable Roofing Systems, who know the local weather and are experienced with residential roofing in Tampa FL and other surrounding areas. Like you, we also suffer from these harsh weather conditions and we understand your dilemma.

That is why we have such services like emergency repairs and storm damage restorations. Our rapid roof repair teams are available 24/7 to do quick work until such time that we can fully assess the damage. We specialize in storm damage repairs for your Clearwater roofing.

The Florida area, being in the Gulf Coast, will always suffer from hurricanes. So be prepared like never before and consider reinforcing or replacing your roofing systems with us at Affordable Roofing.

(Article Excerpt from Hurricane Arthur makes landfall near Cape Lookout, N.C., USA Today)

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