The aftermath of flood damage to homes in Florida. Contents that sustained a ton of water damage. At MGM Recovery, we understand that hurricane season can bring anxiety and uncertainty. We’re here not only to help you recover after the storm but also to empower you with the knowledge to protect your home and loved ones beforehand. In this blog, our seasoned experts share crucial flood safety tips and strategies to prepare your home when facing the path of a hurricane.

Understanding the Hurricane Threat: Hurricanes, such as the recent Hurricane Idalia, can unleash powerful winds and unleash torrential rains, resulting in devastating flooding. It’s vital to recognize the potential danger and proactively take steps to minimize damage.

1. Develop a Comprehensive Hurricane Preparedness Plan:

  • Start by creating a well-thought-out emergency plan for your family. Establish evacuation routes, designate meeting points, and ensure everyone is informed.

2. Assemble an Emergency Kit:

    • In the event of a hurricane, compile an emergency kit that includes:
      • Non-perishable food items and water for at least three days.
      • Battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, and extra batteries.
      • A first aid kit.
      • Essential documents, such as IDs, insurance policies, and medical records.
      • Cash, as ATMs may be inaccessible during and after the storm.

3. Secure Your Home:

  • Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your house.
  • Reinforce doors and windows with storm shutters or plywood.
  • Elevate valuable items and appliances in your basement or lower floors to minimize flood damage.

4. Review Your Insurance Policies:

  • Ensure your homeowner’s insurance includes flood coverage. If it doesn’t, consider purchasing a separate flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

5. Back Up Important Data:

  • Safeguard digital assets by backing up crucial files and photos to an external hard drive or cloud storage.

6. Evacuation Planning:

  • Stay informed about evacuation orders issued by local authorities. Comply with these orders promptly and safely.

7. Stay Informed:

  • Keep a battery-powered weather radio or stay tuned to local news for updates on the hurricane’s path and intensity.

During the Storm:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If flooding occurs inside your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker to avoid electrical hazards.

After the Hurricane:

  • Prioritize your safety before assessing damage.
  • Document any damage to your property with photographs.
  • Contact your insurance company to initiate the claims process.

Preparing for a hurricane and potential flooding is fundamental to protecting your home and family. At MGM Recovery, we’re here to assist you during the recovery process if you do experience flood damage. Remember that safety is paramount, and by implementing these proactive measures, you’re increasing your chances of emerging from a hurricane with minimal damage and disruption. Stay safe, stay prepared, and know that we’re here to support you in times of need. Give us a call at 877-799-9987.