The National Hurricane Center reports the area of low pressure off the Florida coast has a high chance of forming into a tropical cyclone over the next five days. The following tips can help protect your family and home:
*Create a Family Emergency Plan: copies of important documents including insurance policies, deed to house or rental agreement, evacuation information, shelter-in-place plan, important phone numbers, home inventory.
*Build a Storm Kit: items you will need for at least 72 hours after a storm - water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlights, battery-powered NOAA weather radio, prescription medications, supplies for children, the elderly or pets.
*Build a Home Insurance Inventory: descriptions/photographs of your property are invaluable should you need to file an insurance claim.
*Hurricane Proof Landscaping: replace landscaping rocks with mulch, trim tree limbs hanging over roof, etc.
*Clean Gutters: if clear and in good condition, gutters direct rainfall away from your home and prevent flooding.
*Strengthen Soffits: properly installed soffits should keep water out of your home.
*Enhance Roof Sheathing Attachment: proper application of the right caulk can increase wind uplift resistance of roof sheathing by as much as three times.