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Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is coming my way, what should we do?

Now is the time to prepare for the probable impact from Hurricane Irma.  The National Hurricane Center has proclaimed Hurricane Irma as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin with sustained winds of 185 mph.

Many of us in South Florida remember the devastation that Hurricane Andrew brought to South Florida 25 years ago when made landfall with winds of 175 mph. So here is a list of things you should do to prepare for Hurricane Irma:

  1. Determine whether or not you are in evacuation zone and prepare to evacuate if you are ordered to do so. Here is a link to the emergency services departments for the following counties, these sites will provide detailed evacuation information in your area:

Southeast Florida

Southwest Florida

Broward County

Charlotte County

Miami-Dade County

Collier County

Monroe County

Lee County

Palm Beach County

Sarasota County

  1. Make sure that you have all of your hurricane supplies ready and put away. Here is a link to link Hurricane supply list from the National Hurricane Center and Ready.gov: Emergency Supply List

  1. Put up hurricane shutters or plywood and bring in all outside furniture, pots and other items that are not securely fastened to the ground.

  1. Charge all of your battery powered electronics and ensure you have extra batteries to use these items in the event of a power outage.

  1. Fill up your car with fuel. Make sure you have plenty of propane for your grill and gas for your generators, if necessary.

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  1. Make extra ice to keep in plastic bags in your freezer and fill coolers, tubs and any other large receptacles with additional water for flushing toilets, cleaning and bathing.

  1. Do all your laundry and dishes and take a shower before the storm hits; you don’t know how long you may be without electricity and water after a major storm.

  1. Unplug all electronic devices that are not in use, unless they are plugged into a surge protector.

  1. Gather all of your important documents, including any copies of current insurance policies for your home and vehicles and store them in a safe place.

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  1. Take photographs of the exterior of your home to document the good condition it was in prior to the storm.  This may be key in demonstrating the damage sustained to your home in an insurance claim.

  1. Determine the safest part of your home to wait out the storm.  This is usually a hallway or bathroom near the center of your home away from windows and exterior doors. Keep a battery operated radio with you to monitor the news.

  1. Finally, write down or save in your phone the following phone number for the Law Office of Gonzalez & Associates: (866) 599-9529. Should you sustain any damage during the storm, we will be here to help you make your claim and get you on your way to rebuilding after the storm. Our office works with homeowners and business owners on a contingency basis, which means if there is no recovery, there is no fee.  Insurance companies hire thousands of lawyers to fight insurance claims every day, shouldn’t you do the same for your family.

 

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