Hurricanes are unpredictable and can be devastating, preparedness is key to survival. The leading authority in Florida regarding hurricane preparedness offers insight to protect your home, belongings and loved ones this storm season.

Preparing for hurricane season can be a time consuming process with the many ways to protect your home and family. With the Atlantic hurricane season running from June 1st to November 30th, now is the time to take a look at what needs to be done. 2013 may have been a calm season with regards to hurricanes but Florida residents can never be too careful. There have been too many strong hurricanes in our past for Floridians to ever be lax about the weather.

Hurricanes include furious winds and heavy rains, which can cause destructive flooding events. Storm surges along the coastline can lead to beach erosion but can also damage or even destroy houses. Hurricanes are extremely devastating events so Americans need to be prepared in advance. Too many people may see the low activity in recent years or have only experienced the outer bands of a hurricane and not take predictions seriously.

“Over the past several years, the hurricane warning system has provided adequate time for people on the barrier islands and the immediate coastline to move inland when hurricanes threaten. However, it is becoming more difficult to evacuate people from the barrier islands and other coastal areas because road improvements have not kept pace with the rapid population growth. The problem is further compounded because 80 to 90 percent of the population now living in hurricane-prone areas has never experienced the core of a “major” hurricane,” (Hurricanes…Unleashing Nature’s Fury: National Weather Service, January 2007).

blog2Homeowners need to examine their homes for possible improvements to protect against storm damage. For those living along the coast or in the state of Florida, storm shutter systems and hurricane impact windows offer excellent protection for your home or condo unit. Call in an expert to reinforce any garage doors to prevent structural damage. As for the roof, installing straps or clips to securely fasten the roof to the frame structure is a good way to start. It is also best to have someone check over all entrance-ways into your home from the garage to doors and windows to any holes and cracks in the walls or foundation.

“Don’t hesitate to call an expert to help you prepare your home, avoid the rush by preparing early as the custom manufacturing of hurricane impact replacement windows, doors, and shutter systems take anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks”, advises Marvin Lebovitz of Gulf Atlantic Industries of America, a leading authority in Florida regarding hurricane preparedness. “They may know of ways to protect your house that will save you money, maximize your insurance coverage, and reduce your deductibles, while keeping your home around for years to come. If you live in the Gulf region or along the Eastern seaboard, you know how destructive these powerful storms can be and how much money is spent on rebuilding every year. Take this opportunity before the season starts to protect your home, personal belongings, irreplaceable keepsakes, and in doing so, any loved ones who will be in the home when the storm hits.”

According to Global Weather Oscillations, a leading hurricane prediction company, the 2014 hurricane season will be quite active with seventeen named storms and eight hurricanes, three of those at least Category 3. Even if it turns out to be a mild season like 2013, your house will be ready to go for any hurricanes in the years to come.

“If this season will be active as expected, there may still be some damage to fix during and after the 2014 season. Top-notch specialists are available to walk through and inspect your home with you so you can decide what improvements need to be done to secure your property. Florida may be a beautiful place to live but hurricanes are a fact of life for its many steadfast residents,” says Lebovitz.