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We’re now in the middle of the summer, meaning it’s time to get your home and family prepared for the potential of a storm if you haven’t already.

While there are certain things you have no control over when it comes to a hurricane, there are other things you can do to ensure you’re prepared.

Go Over Your Insurance Policy

One of the first things you should do every year to prepare for hurricane season is to check the details and fine print of your homeowner’s insurance policy. Before filing a claim, you want to be clear on what’s covered and what isn’t as well.

Homeowner’s insurance policies typically have exclusions, and you may need a separate policy or to purchase endorsements to be fully covered. You might also have a separate hurricane deductible different from the one for a standard claim.

Contact your insurer or agent directly to discuss your policy and identify any gaps in coverage.

Something to remember regarding insurance is that flooding is often not covered by standard homeowners insurance policies. If you’re in a hurricane zone, flood insurance can be an investment that’s well worth it.

You can’t buy flood insurance as a last-minute purchase, and there’s often a 30-day waiting period before a policy will go into effect if you buy coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

 

Trim Your Trees

When a storm comes, whether it’s a hurricane or not, hanging tree limbs can lead to significant damage. Trim all the trees and bushes around your house to ensure they don’t become projectiles if there’s a storm. If you have dead trees, these need to be removed. Otherwise, they’re at a high risk of being uprooted if there’s a storm.

 

Have Your Roof Inspected

If you have roof damage, it’s not necessarily always apparent. It’s a good rule of thumb to inspect it by a professional once a year. This is one of the best ways to protect your home from water damage if there’s a hurricane or another type of storm.

Roof damage is common during hurricanes because of the exposure to the wind and driving rain these storms bring with them. Water damage can damage your roof’s structure, increasing the chances it will collapse.

You might also consider having your roof inspected to prepare your home for hurricane season and consider hurricane straps or truss tie-downs. These can be installed to strengthen your roof against high winds.

Other things to do related to your roof include checking your gable bracing and replacing loose or missing braces, and you should search for cracks in the areas at risk for leaks.

 

Clear Your Back Yard

No one wants to deal with a hurricane, but being proactive in your preparations can reduce the damage to your home and the disruption to your life that you would otherwise experience.

If you have a swing set, secure the actual swings or remove them before the storm. Also be sure to bring in any objects that can be picked up by the wind and do damage to your Property. Storing loose objects in the garage or up against the home to shield them from wind is advisable.

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