With hurricane season quickly approaching we, at Dagley Insurance & Financial Services, want to ensure that our clients and the surrounding community are sufficiently prepared. By understanding what you can do before, during and after a potential hurricane, you can better ensure the safety of your home and loved ones.
Below you will find wealth of tips and safety advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is an outstanding resource that can provide you with the most effective and reliable safety solutions. You can also learn what additional safety precautions, activities and projects people like you are implementing to help reduce and prevent the devastating impact of severe hurricanes.
Before a Hurricane Strikes:
- Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutter offer the best protection for windows; a second option can include boarding up your windows with marine plywood.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure; this can help reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutter and downspouts.
During a Hurricane:
- Listen to the radio or TV for information; keep a battery-operated radio ad back up in case electricity goes out
- Turn off utilities if instructed to do so; otherwise turn the refrigerator or thermostat to its coldest and keep its doors shut
- Turn off propane tanks, avoiding using the phone except in serious emergencies
After a Hurricane:
Recovering from any type of natural disaster typically takes a good amount of time; it’s not an overnight process. Safety should always remain your highest priority. It’s always a good idea to keep your insurance information handy and in a safe place—that way if you have questions, need help assessing damage or need to place a claim, all of the information needed is at your fingertips.
Need help reporting a claim? You can always call us or fill out our online claim form—at Dagley Insurance we care deeply about your safety and the safety of your home, so please do not hesitate to call us with any questions regarding the claims process, hurricane season or how we can help you better protect your property today.
Also, make sure to take a look at our previous blog post regarding Hurricane Preparedness Week to learn more about what your emergency preparedness kit should include!