Us Floridians are no strangers to extreme weather events. Hurricanes and tropical storms are just a fact of life here, but they don’t have to be devastating. With some planning and forethought, you and your family can ensure your safety and secure your property. Here are our quick tips that you should put in place immediately, so that when the next storm season hits, you and your loved ones will be ready.
Step 1: Create an Emergency Plan
An emergency plan is a set of instructions that you and your family will follow when you must evacuate or shelter the storm. This is important because when the storm comes, emotions will run high, and you want to do the heavy mental work of coming up a plan well ahead of time.
First, assign responsibilities to each member of your family so that all the burden is not on one member. Organize the contact information of each family member such as telephone number, email address, and social media accounts, and put them on portable contact cards you can take with you. Also decide on an emergency contact that lives far away that you can all check in with. Everyone can then check in with that contact, and they can relay information to each member of your family.
Decide what you should do with your pets (if you have any), and take note of the exit points in your house that could be breached by the storm and that you can use to escape. Decide how you will take care of family members that have medical conditions. For example, you may need to keep a cooler with ice packs handy in case their medicine must be keep in cold storage.
Next, pick emergency meeting places outside of your home, but nearby, where you and your family can meet up should you be separated. Also take note of secure locations in your home where you can shelter the storm. Interior hallways, bathrooms and closets without windows, and basements are all areas you should consider. If you have a storm shelter, that is the ideal place to weather the storm.
Step 2: Assemble Your Emergency Storm Kit
Here is a list of items that we recommend you consider for your storm kit:
Step 3: Prepare Your Home
Now that you’ve got your plan in place, it’s time to improve your home’s defenses. Make sure to clear your yard of outdoor items that can fly into your home. Lock all your windows and doors so none open accidentally. Consider installing storm shutters way ahead of time to protect your windows, or a storm door to protect your exterior doors. Use Porch’s Cost to Install a Storm Door Calculator to budget the cost of installing one. Consider consulting with a roofer to reinforce your roof with cement or hurricane straps as well.
A backup generator is another common item many homeowners purchase to help weather storms. Permanent backup generators can power up your entire house, but many homeowners opt for portable generators, which are lighter and can power up the essentially.
Finally, it’s important to get the appropriate type of homeowners insurance for the type of extreme weather your area is most susceptible to. For us in Florida, that’s hurricanes, windstorms, hail, and floods.
While we never hope for a tropical storm, we understand that they are inevitable in our part of the country. The team at Lakeland Dumpster Rental wishes you the best as you prepare your home and family for the event of a hurricane.
Many of our customers come to us because they are moving or doing a clean out, so to be helpful, we wanted to write an article on how to make that process easier. While getting a dumpster rental to easily dispose of the items you’ll be leaving behind is a great first step, there are a number of additional things you can do to make the process as smooth as possible.
Before the move even begins, it’s important to get organized so that you know where all your important documents and paperwork are. If you are buying a home or a new piece of property, there will be a LOT of paperwork to sift through, so it’s important that you have a system that works for you to keep everything together. It’s well worth your time to take a trip down to your local Office Depot to pick up some folders, binders, pens, and sticky notes to make your organization a cinch. Color code your projects and important items so that they jump out to your eye when you need them. Since a lot of documents and files are shared electronically these days, make sure that your email account is tidy and organized as well. It’s not a bad idea to create a new email account just for this project – that will make it easy to keep everything in one place.
Stock Up On Tools
For your move, you are likely going to need carboard boxes, packing tape, a couple tape measures, and scissors, at the very least. Trash bags, gardening gloves, zip lock bags, and paper towels are also great to have on hand. It’s a good idea to get a little more than you think you’ll need because even if you don’t use it all, you’ll have it ready to go for your new home!
Expect the Unexpected
There are no two ways about it: moving your home is a complex process, and there are many things that can go wrong. It’s important to set aside some money in an “emergency” or “home savings” fund to address these issues as they arise. Whether it’s a hornets nest in your backyard or a faulty faucet, it’s nearly impossible to completely inspect a property before moving in, so it’s smart to have money set aside to address these surprises.
Learning to identify potential problems before they become major issues will also save you money in the long run. If you see an outlet sparking, call an electrician. If you notice ceiling paint bubbling up that could signal a leak, so call a plumber. If the grout in your bathroom is looking discolored, call a house cleaner or clean it yourself before it turns into mold. Nipping these little problems in the bud might cause short term expenses, but they could save you thousands in the long run.
Moving house can be a stressful and exciting time in your family’s life. With a little preparation you can make it a lot easier, and enjoy the comfort of your new home that much quicker. Lakeland Dumpster rental is here to help, so give us a call for all your rubbish and debris container needs.