It can be easy to get caught up in your busy schedule, not really recognizing the fact that right now is one of the most dangerous times of the year here in Southwest Florida. Between work, the kids, social engagements and everything else on your to-do list, somehow replenishing your hurricane kit and checking your hurricane protection has fallen by the wayside. Or maybe you don’t feel as though you need to get prepared just yet, but unfortunately, a hurricane could make its way to us at any time, and being prepared is essential. There can be many misconceptions about this time of the year, as well as a lot of mistakes made by homeowners. That’s why we’re focusing on some of the most common mistakes made during hurricane season…and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Ordering Hurricane Protection When a Storm Is Approaching
Perhaps you are unable to locate your hurricane protection or you realize that it’s time you finally purchased adequate protection. The absolute last thing you want to do is wait until a storm is on its way to get started with the process. You will not be able to order your hurricane protection and have it arrive on time, especially now, with longer lead times for many hurricane products. You want to order your hurricane protection before there’s a mention of any storms heading our way, preferably before hurricane season even begins. If you’re looking for the product with the shortest lead time, AstroGuard Hurricane Fabric is it. It’s available weeks before other hurricane products and it’s one of the best options you can have on your home. So, don’t wait…if you need hurricane protection, make it a priority.
Mistake #2: Waiting Until the Last Minute to Put Together a Hurricane Kit
Not only are hurricanes dangerous, they’re also inconvenient. You may be without water and power for days, sometimes weeks, which means that normal life takes a backseat for a moment. You want to ensure that you’re stocked with non-perishable foods, extra water, batteries, first aid supplies and gas for your generator. Do not wait until a storm is approaching to stock up on these essentials, as the shelves in the grocery store will become empty before you know it, and lines around gas stations will continue to grow. Pick up your supplies now and have them handy, so you won’t have to worry at the last minute.
Mistake #3: Not Evacuating During a Storm If Required
If you’re required to evacuate your home during a storm, this isn’t a suggestion…it’s mandatory. Do not stay behind if your area is under a mandatory evacuation. This means that emergency personnel will not be able to get to you should you stay at home, and you risk putting yourself into immense danger.
Other Common Mistakes
It can be easy to make some mistakes during hurricane season, especially if you’re new to the area. Other common mistakes we tend to see often include:
- Assuming that all hurricane protection is the same. Plywood is NOT proper protection.
- Not listening to weather updates regularly. Always tune in and see what meteorologists are predicting.
- Failure to locate important insurance documents and other key documents prior to a storm. You never know when you may need them.
If you are prepared as best as possible, not only will you feel much better if a hurricane is on its way, you’ll also be able to protect your home and family to the fullest.