COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Over the last 10 years, hurricanes have caused more than $300 billion in damage to homes and businesses. This has affected tens of millions Americans.
In recognition of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which is May 24-May 30, Service Master Restore is arming consumers with how to protect themselves, their families and possessions if affected by a hurricane this season.
Service Master Restore is one of the largest residential disaster recovery companies in the U.S. They have spent decades helping homeowners recover from small and large disasters including storms like Ivan, Katrina, Ike and Sandy. They have also pooled all of their knowledge and experience to create a simple, easy to follow plan of action for homeowners to prepare and respond when a hurricane occurs.
"While it is impossible to prevent a hurricane, there's a lot homeowners can do to prepare for the damage they can cause and to help minimize disruption and loss," Peter Duncanson said, director of disaster restoration training for Service Master Restore.
"From developing an evacuation plan to making small investments around the home, homeowners can take simple steps to make sure they're prepared in the event a hurricane hits their area," Duncanson said.
Below are tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore on how to prepare for a hurricane:
- Communication is Key – During a hurricane, power and cell phone tower outages are common, literally breaking down lines of communication. One of the best and easiest steps to help prepare for the worst is to communicate your evacuation plan in advance to friends, family and loved ones.
- Secure the Basic Necessities – When preparing for something that could likely uproot you and your family from your home – or leave you without the option of going to the store – be sure to have at least one week's worth of the basics: water, non-perishable food, medicine and clothing.
- Protect Your Investment – If you have to evacuate your home, make sure to protect what's left behind, including insurance and financial documents. Make a list of your possessions and take pictures of everything inside and outside your home. Keep copies of important financial documents and insurance policies with you, so you have a record if you need it.
- If a Hurricane Strikes – Never underestimate the power or strength of a hurricane and make sure you're prepared to the best of your ability. If you have to evacuate, do it. If you need help during the cleanup process, call a professional like ServiceMaster Restore, which has the experience, resources and expertise to work with you and your insurance company to help restore your home to normal.