Hurricane Season is here. Are you ready?
Hurricane season 2021 officially starts on June 1. Nobody told that to “Ana”, the first named storm of the year. Ana became the first named storm in the Atlantic this year a little over a week before the official June 1 start of the season. The federal government forecasters are expecting 13 to 20 storms big enough to be given names. If predictions of six to 10 hurricanes prove accurate, this would be the sixth successive season with above average activity.
How prepared are you?
If you have not already done so, now is the time to get ready. Visit Ready.gov to learn what steps to take to prepare yourself and others in your household. The National Hurricane Center’s website at nhc.noaa.gov will help you to stay up to date throughout the season with watches and warnings. FEMA also provides an app you can download to sign-up for a variety of alerts and preparedness information.
Protect your home and your family.
Hurricanes, tropical storms, and flooding during storm season have caused a great deal of damage to homes. What can you do to protect your home as much as possible? Here are just a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, plan in advance. Purchase flood insurance, especially if you are in a known flood zone. Have storm shutters or at least plywood ready to install if needed. These items can be hard to find or awfully expensive just before a storm hits. Know your evacuation routes. Have a “to go bag” ready with things like, cell phones chargers, flashlights, batteries, change of clothes, and do not forget important documents and credit cards.
We can assist you in preparing your home as much as possible by providing you with a moisture assessment. This will alert you to potential areas around your house that may allow moisture to enter the home and cause damage. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.