Hurricane Season is Approaching… Are You Ready?
As Floridians know all too well, when hurricane season approaches, they must pay close attention to weather forecasts and be vigilant to keep themselves and their property safe. Hurricane season begins on June 1st and runs through the end of September. So, what can you, a property owner in Escambia County, do to plan for, prepare for, and hopefully prevent, damage from occurring at your home or business?
- Have an emergency plan in place. For homeowners, this may include determining an evacuation route in case needed, researching hotels that will accommodate your needs (pets, large family, etc.), and making a list of all medications that you and your family members take. For businesses, one of the best ways to plan for an emergency is to have a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. This is a complimentary service that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County provides, documenting all the pertinent information about your business, and putting it into one easy to access, electronic app. To learn more, and begin preparing YOUR profile, reach out to our team at 850-466-3089.
- Stock a hurricane supply kit. Depending on the specific needs of your family, this kit may include a variety of items. Essential items include a supply of fresh water (enough for 3 days per person), non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, and a battery or crank powered radio.
- Storm Prep your property. This may include cleaning out rain gutters, securing patio furniture, trimming trees and bushes, or clearing weeds and debris from your yard. During this preparation, you may also want to consider installing storm shutters and doors. From a commercial property standpoint, it will also be important to have a “chain of command” identified in case damages occur so that work may begin more quickly to mitigate damage.
- Have a way to receive weather alerts. Whether from a local or state organization, or from the National Weather Service, it is important to have a way to receive weather alerts during hurricane season. Knowledge is power, and this power can help protect both you and your property.
Ready to respond to storm damages 24/7, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration specialist. To learn more about our services, inquire about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, or for any other issues, please call our office at 850-466-3089!