Alabama has seen its fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms in the past decade. The high winds and large amounts of rainfall can leave a path of destruction. It’s important for Alabama residents to be thoroughly prepared for any approaching storms.
Whether residents are riding out the storm at home or evacuating the area, they should always take safety precautions. Homeowners can reduce their chances of property damage by preparing their home the upcoming storm.
Alabama residents can protect their property by following these hurricane preparation tips:
Tips for the Exterior of the Home
- Put up storms shutters to protect your windows, they will offer you the best protection. If you don’t have shutters, the next best option is to board your windows with ¾ inch plywood.
- Clear any loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Make sure that your landscaping and trees don’t become a wind hazard. Trim the trees and shrubs around your house. Also, you should tie down any small or young trees.
- Bring in all items from outside that cannot be anchored down this includes lawn furniture, hanging plants, potted plants, outdoor decorations and grills. All of these items can be easily picked up in hurricane-strength winds.
- Keep sufficient water levels in your swimming pool; this will provide necessary weight to keep the sides and the bottom of the pool in place. Never empty your pool because this can cause structural damage.
- Turn off any propane tanks.
Tips for Inside of the Home
- Store all important documents such as insurance papers, social security cards, etc. in a waterproof container. Make sure to keep these items in a secure location.
- Perform an inventory of the contents of your home (i.e. appliances, jewelry, clothing). In the event that you have to file a homeowner’s claim, the inventory will help you recover damages.
- Take detailed photos or video of the interior and exterior of your home and keep it in a secure place.
- Fill the bathtub and other large containers in your home with water. You may need to you use the water for sanitary purposes such as flushing toilets or cleaning after the hurricane.
- Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting.
- Make sure that you have garbage bags on hand; they can protect valuable items from water damage if you have a leak in your home.
Following the hurricane home preparation tips above will help you minimize the damage to your home.
Contact a Mobile Attorney
Hurricanes and tropical storms can leave a home with extensive property damage. Homeowners expect that their insurance policies will cover any damage to their property caused by adverse weather conditions. Unfortunately, insurance companies will sometimes violate the terms of their policies.
If you believe that your insurance company has acted in bad faith, it’s imperative that you speak with an experienced attorney. Contact the Citrin Law Firm today to explore your legal options. Our attorneys can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
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