In North Florida, hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Even though there hasn’t been a hurricane to touch ground in Jacksonville for a few years, don’t make the mistake of letting your hurricane planning fall by the wayside. Fall storms are just as dangerous as summer ones, and both you and your property should be ready for the storm. Traditions Realty provides the following information to ensure hurricane readiness for your Jacksonville home.
General steps of Hurricane Readiness
- Before an event, examine your property for physical or liability hazards.
- Find out if your home meets current building code requirements for high-wind regions.
- Check the four critical areas where wind can enter a home: roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Either you or a building contractor can build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows and coverings for patio and entry doors, strengthen and stiffen garage doors, and install heavy-duty door hardware.
- Read and understand your insurance policy.
- Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. You can also send an inventory to a family member outside your region for safekeeping.
- Make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.
- Floodwater that enters into a home may be covered by specialized flood coverage underwritten by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. Check with your insurance agent about flood policies, but note that they take 30 days to become effective one you sign up.
- Consider purchasing a generator to keep major appliances running in case of a power outage. The refrigerator is especially important as you’ll want to keep your food cold as much as possible.
- Have a few tools and supplies around the house in case of roof damage. This includes a strong tarp and nails or an industrial staple gun. If your roof begins to leak, get that tarp up as soon as possible to prevent any damage.
- If you are renting your home, be sure to talk to your rental property management group or landlord about what to do in case of a storm.
Hurricane Readiness Kit
While keeping your property safe has both personal and economic advantages, keeping yourself safe is paramount. Put together a good hurricane readiness kit now so that you are good to go in case a storm heads for the First Coast.
Your hurricane readiness supply kit should contain:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable foods that do not require power to prepare
If you have questions about how the Hurricane season affects property value or purchases, please contact our Traditions Realty agents at (904) 683.5230 today.