How to Protect your Pembroke Pines Townhome During Hurricane Season
September 10, 2018 Posted By admin
The good news for those living in Pembroke Pines, FL is the 2018 hurricane season is expected to be “below normal” this year. There may not be as many hurricanes as forecasters thought there might be just a few months ago.
Unfortunately, there is still a chance some of the hurricanes forming in the Atlantic could have a profound effect on Pembroke Pines, FL. It’s why people in the area should continue to stay alert and prepare themselves for just in case. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
If you own a Pembroke Pines townhome, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your home – and family – during the current hurricane season. Take a look at a few things you can do below.
Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your Home
If your home is ever affected by hurricane season, you could be forced to live without power for a few days or longer. Do you have an emergency kit that you could use to survive?
If not, now is the time to put one together. At a minimum your kit should include:
- – Non-perishable food and snacks for all members of the household including pets
- – 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 – 7 days
- – Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- – Flashlights and extra batteries
- – First-aid kit
- – Prescription medications for all members of the household including pets
- – Baby supplies, pet supplies and paper goods
- – Manual can opener
- – Cell phone with backup batteries
- – And more
Taking the time to prepare an emergency kit now can save loads of stress in the case a hurricane does come through. Grocery stores often run out of the essentials and it’s always better to avoid the hurricane preparation chaos that ensues in the week before the storm.
Don’t forget to gas up your car – and if you have an outdoor gas grille, consider buying an extra propane tank so you can heat water and cook outdoors if you do lose power. Remember: Never use a grille indoors!
Prepare Your Home for Flying Objects
When it comes to prepping your home for hurricanes, one of the most important things is installing impact-resistant windows or putting up shutters. Depending on the intensity of the hurricane, branches and other things objects may become missiles during a storm. You can’t control whether others adequately prepare their homes and yards, so protect your home as best as possible against damage from flying objects. Pick up any loose objects around your yard like planters, pots, coconuts, toys and tools – and bring patio items and furniture inside.
Take a Look at Your Home Insurance Policy
Is your Pembroke Pines, FL townhome covered in the event of a hurricane?
Scan your home insurance policy and see what kind of hurricane and/or flood coverage you have. If you’re not satisfied with your coverage, consider adding more coverage to protect your home.
Take Photos or Videos of Everything You Have in Your Home
When is the last time you walked around your home and took stock of everything you have?
If it’s been a while or if you’ve never done it before, now is an excellent time to do it.
In the event that you sustain major damage to your Pembroke Pines, FL townhome during hurricane season, you’ll need to provide information to your insurance company. Do you know what’s in every drawer or closet in your townhome?
You could make a list – but one of the fastest, easiest ways is to photograph or video your home – and to save those images where you can retrieve and email if necessary. Otherwise, you could potentially be left to try and piece together your possessions from memory later. It could cost you thousands of dollars in the end.
Be Ready for Anything During Hurricane Season
Hopefully, your Pembroke Pines townhome will be just fine during the 2018 hurricane season. Fortunately, Chapel Grove townhomes come with code compliant impact glass windows and doors.
Due to the unpredictability of hurricanes and Florida weather, it’s important to still stay prepared so you can protect your family and your home.
Read our blog to learn more about Chapel Grove townhomes and the Pembroke Pines community.