Hurricane Season: Be Prepared Ahead of a Storm

Town of Jupiter 2020 Hurricane and Flood Guide:

Now is a great time to check to be sure you are prepared. 

  • Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a three-day supply of water (two quarts per person per day for drinking, two quarts per person for food preparation/sanitation).
  • Stock your first aid kit.
  • Plan for any special requirements like diapers, infant formula or prescription medications.
  • Make a plan for your pets. 
  • Secure your boat either in water or on land.  
  • Ready any hurricane shutters. 
  • Know your shelter location and evacuation zone map.Sign up for Palm Beach County alerts.

Download the latest Hurricane and Flood Guide (available in English and Spanish) for more tips to stay protected and connected during this storm season, and visit the storm section of our website to find additional storm prep information.  Track the latest status of a storm using the National Hurricane Center’s website.  

Make sure to follow us on social media, watch for our emails, and visit our website for information before, during and after a storm.  

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Hurricane Season Is Here
Homeowners who have property in the danger zone need to prepare in advance in order to not only protect their family, but their home as well. Having a structured plan in place is important. Read on to learn some basic ways to make sure you are ready in the case of a storm.

Plan Ahead
A hurricane is nothing to take lightly; it’s critical that you have a plan in place long before the storm hits. Your plan should include such subjects as insurance, evacuation plans, emergency contacts and home preparedness. Having a thoughtfully constructed checklist easily available and communicated to family members ahead of any storms can make a dangerous storm less damaging.

Insurance
Have a conversation with your insurance agent and understand what level of coverage you have. If your home is destroyed, will your home owner’s insurance cover the cost of rebuilding and living arrangements while the home is rebuilt? If not, what options are available to ensure you have the coverage you need. Important to note: Coverage for hurricane damage is typically a combination of several coverages such as wind and flood provisions. Understand the deductible costs as well.

Evacuation
The choice about whether you stay home during a hurricane or evacuate is a personal decision. Determine ahead of time how you and your family will handle the subject of evacuation. Create an emergency plan which includes not only timelines for evacuation, but where to meet family members.

Hurricane winds can take down cell phone towers and power lines making it difficult or impossible to contact family member. Have a pre-determined meeting place and an emergency contact system in place. Consider asking a family member or friend out-of-state to be the point of contact for family members to ensure no one is lost or stranded.

Home Preparedness
Even with notice that a hurricane is on the way, stores may run out of supplies before you can get them. Keep these items on hand so that you can quickly prepare your home for the approaching storm.

  • Roof – New housing codes now require hurricane straps or clips to hold the roof in place during a hurricane. Older homes should be retrofitted with these protections and be installed by a professional contractor.
  • Windows – If your budget permits, consider replacing existing windows with high-impact glass which are built to withstand strong winds. Inexpensive plywood will protect windows and is easy to store along a garage wall.
  • Doors – Doors should be examined for loose hinges. Experts suggest adding deadbolts to provide extra strength against strong winds.
  • Yard – Take special care of your trees and branches. Remove or trim anything which can fall on the home and cause damage.

There are many more ways to prepare for an advancing hurricane. Power generators, water pumps, off-site storage are just a few more ideas to allow you and your home to survive the storm.

If you need information or contacts for insurance, call me today at 561-806-8550.

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Heather E. Towe, P.A.
REALTOR®, CRS®, CLHMS®, e-PRO®, PSA®
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