Hurricane Offseason Prepartion

Professional athletes usually use their time off (offseason) to train or improve on any deficiencies they may have had the previous season. Between rigorous strength training and conditioning workouts, they prepare themselves as best as possible for what’s to come.  As Hurricane Season draws to a close, you too should make effective use of this offseason.

If you live in Florida, you’re no stranger to Hurricanes. Considering that we live in an area that is prone to these natural disasters, it’s no wonder that we spend half the year expecting them. Those of you who were around for Hurricane Andrew know exactly why. These violent storms should never be taken lightly. We’ve all seen pictures (or witnessed firsthand) of the damage they can cause, from downed power lines to entire missing roofs—it’s not a pretty sight. Having proper coverage for your home when it comes to matters like these is paramount but it can’t help when one is knocking at your door. To keep your loved ones and personal belongings safe, you’ll need a completely different type of insurance policy—good ole fashioned forward thinking.

Over time some of you have become hurricane preparedness aficionados; hoarding supplies and canned goods to hold you over in the event one does cause excessive damage.  But are you as prepared as you think you are? Are your checklists as comprehensive as you want them to be? Fear not, we’ve got you covered:

The Basics:

  • ‍Canned food
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Duct tape
  • Bottled water
  • Gasoline (in canisters)
  • Propane
  • Some sort of grilling implement
  • Shutters or plywood (to protect windows)

 Extras:

  • ‍Portable generator or permanent backup
  • Accordion shutters
  • Extra clothes
  • Official copies of all personal documents (just in case they fly away)
  • First aid kit
  • Extension cords
  • Personal fans or portable ACs
  • Books (eBooks aren’t your friend when the power is out)
  • Lock box for any valuables (this is a great place to keep the aforementioned documents. Make sure you purchase one that’s fireproof and waterproof
  • Extra cellphone batteries (if possible)
  • A landline (these are becoming increasingly rare nowadays but in the event of long-term service outages, they can be very useful)
  • A vehicle (if you have an emergency it is very important that you have a method of transportation available should you need to find help or seek shelter. 

Life happens and no one can truly be prepared for everything. That doesn’t mean you can’t be well prepared, or over prepared for that matter. Make sure you have as many of these items available as you can. You’ll thank us later, we promise. Should there be any damage to your home or property, always remember to properly document both. Nothing is insignificant if it involves your safety and well-being, nothing. Make sure you’re prepared, make sure you’re covered—stay IN the Loop.