Are You Ready For The Next Hurricane Season?

This last year saw one of the most devastating hurricane seasons on record. Aside from the enormous damage, the hurricanes also wreaked havoc with power outages and saw a rise in theft and looting.

This is an unfortunate fact of life in areas where hurricanes are common. Some years are worse than others, and it is always good to be as prepared as possible. As always, your first priority is personal safety above all else.

Securing the safety of yourself and your loved ones and pets comes first. Next is doing whatever you can do to protect your structures. There are some simple safety precautions you can take to minimize potential damage to your structure and property. It’s always a good idea to stay up-to-date on the latest in hurricane safety and security practices, and follow any protocols as well as recommendations by local authorities.

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Securing Your Belongings During A Hurricane

In the event of a severe storm, it may be best for you and your family to evacuate to a safer location. Most people feel uneasy doing this. They worry about the safety of their home and belongings. This is understandable, of course, but you, your family and your pets are the priority. Still, there is plenty you can do to help make sure your home is as safe as possible.

Ideally, you’ll have prepared enough to know what to bring with you. Small, valuable items and irreplaceable items should be brought with you. For example:

  • Birth and death certificates
  • Passports and other identification
  • Family heirlooms that are easily transported
  • Bank, business and financial documents that aren’t available online
  • Jewelry
  • Original photographs
  • Small electronics
  • Keys 
  • Medications and prescriptions

With that said, you are not going to be able to take your whole house with you, so some things will be left behind.

Unfortunately, these times of disaster pose more threats than just the weather. Criminals see hurricanes and subsequent power outages as opportunities to break into homes. They also take advantage of slower law enforcement response times and empty neighborhoods. These all combine to make ripe conditions for burglarizing homes.

Always remember to make it as difficult as possible for looters to take your valuables. It’s also a good idea to put your valuables as close to the center of your home as possible, as this also minimizes the chances of storm damage. Hide valuables well, and lock all rooms. Redundant locks and hiding spots mean it takes looters longer to get to your belongings. Remember, they want to be in and out as soon as possible.

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Your Security System During And After A Storm

Your home security system can be incredibly beneficial after a storm, but there can also be potential problems. For example, power outages mean that your system will be running on battery power. Also, if the windows or doors are breached, incoming wind and rain can pose problems such as knocking security cameras out of alignment.

It’s important to take these possibilities into consideration during your storm prep. Look at camera placement and do what you can to reinforce all points of entry. Be sure your batteries are fresh.

Tip: If you have a wireless system that allows for remotely turning your system off and on, power it off during the storm. Chances are not likely that thieves will be wandering around out in the storm. Power it on after the worst has passed.

You’ll be able to use your camera surveillance to help you assess damage and your system will be on alert in the event of a break-in. Your security company will have anticipated the storm as well. However, it’s still important to realize that response times will likely be slower. 

Remember, wireless systems with remote capabilities are ideal for areas with frequent storms. To get a quote and learn more, contact Protect America today.