With Hurricane Matthew making landfall in Haiti, and aiming at the US east coast, this is a good reminder that the hurricane season still has two months left to go.
So if you aren't already prepared to go face-to-face with hurricanes or blowing-a-gale kinda days, now is the time. When it comes to batten down the hatches, our VIP Account Manager, Cindy Hickey is our go-to. She has a few tips that'll help keep everything secure.
"Do's" When Preparing For a Storm
Whether or not we happen to be in a hurricane path, winter is just around the corner, making this a smart time for all of us to brush up on the dos & don'ts of preparing for a storm.
Do Remove Debris From Exterior Drains & Gutters
All sorts of debris, like fallen leaves and sticks can clog drains and gutters. This very well could lead to flooding if a downpour occurs.
Do a Quick Home Inventory
You may think this should be on the bottom of the priority list... but in fact, it should be on top! Just whip out your phone, click record, and go around your house. This will be essential just in case you have to file a claim.
Do Charge Cordless Devices
Nowadays, just about everything, from laptops to iPhones, flashlights, and iPads, have batteries. For your own safety (and boredom), keep your devices charges up and have extra battery packs handy.
"Don'ts" When Preparing For a Storm
Don't Wait Until The Very Last Minute
It may seem obvious, but preparing last minute (or not preparing at all) for a storm could be a disaster waiting to happen. Put together a storm kit with plenty of water, batteries, flashlights, and a first aid kit. When the time comes, you won't be left scrambling to get the essentials together.
Don't Leave Loose Items Outside
Sadly, the days of enjoying a cup of joe out on the back deck are over (for now). You'll be doing yourself a favor by bringing inside items, such as chairs, garbage cans or anything else that could fly around, before the storm hits. If you can't move them inside. Use a rope or even a garden hose to tie them down.
Don't Just Assumed You're Fully Covered
Don't assume your home insurance policy covers all water damages, such as incidents like flooded basements, and leaky roofs. It usually requires a rider added to your policy, like our new Overland Water Protection. Either way, if you are unsure what is covered, it's best to speak to your insurance provider to double check.
We still have two more months of the hurricane season left, but with these tips, you'll be ready for any storm that Mother Nature throws at us!.
Until next time on the Wedgwood Life Series