HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FOR THIS WEEK!!! (PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL)

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Coastal Partners

TIME TO PLAN FOR YOUR HURICANE NEEDS - PALM BEACH COUNTY

Prepare Now..Not Later!4 Steps Towards Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane.

As we begin to approach the most active part of this years' hurricane season, we need to take a few moments to review our Hurricane Disaster Plan.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and property should disaster strike.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, here are four (4) important steps to consider in your preparation plan:

 

 

STEP #1: REVIEW YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE                                                                                                            

Each year (along with filing your tax forms), check your insurance policy to ensure that you have the right kind of coverage. Check your deductibles and coverage limits. In addition, homeowners should check on the amount of 'content insurance' for perilous loss of interior items (furniture, clothes, paintings, etc.) Ask about flood insurance, which is not covered under the standard homeowners policy. Learn more about flood insurance at www.floodsmart.gov.

STEP #2: CREATE AN INVENTORY OF YOUR HOME

By having an updated home inventory list, you can help expedite the claims processing by substantiating losses and provide documentation for tax purposes. In addition, collect and attached any receipts your may have on any high-end item, along with photos of the item. Always remember to secure this complied information in a locked and secure place for future reference.

STEP #3: PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

Invest in storm shutters and reinforced garage doors. Make sure you know where all pins, screws, bolts, etc. are located and other items are stored before the hurricane warning is issued. Don't wait until the last minute to visit your local hardware store to purchase items that should be on-hand. Remember to secure roof shingles and seal any openings, cracks and holes.

STEP #4: HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN

Beforehand, decide where you and the family will go and how you will get there in the need of an evacuation. Always have more than one option. Keep phone numbers, addresses, money, credit cards, medicines, insurance policy and photos wrapped in a water-proof container and ready to move. Always have at least one week of non-perishable food on-hand for all members of the family.

Lastly, think about your pet(s) and their needs during the storm. Think ahead and plan what to do in the event of an evacuation, please check with your local Veterinarian Society for more information.

BOTTOM LINE: BE PREPARED!                                   Start Now to be Prepared       BOTTOM LINE: BE PREPARED!

fOR ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, CALL STEPHEN PANCZAK, REALTOR AT THE WINNING TEAM OF KELLER WILLIAMS OF THE PALM BEACHES. (561) 254-8098

VISIT MY WEBSITE: www.palmbeachsteve.com

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (7)

Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Heh, we are just getting out of tornado season. Still a month or so left. It is always good to be prepared for these things.

Aug 22, 2011 03:57 AM
Linda Edelwich
William Raveis Real Estate - Glastonbury, CT
Glastonbury Office's #1 Top Producing Agent-not on

My parents just bought a house in FL and I thought your post had great information for them and I passed the message along. Great post!  I dont think they thought to inventory their home before.

Aug 22, 2011 04:01 AM
Diane Grady
Endless Summer Realty - Saint Augustine, FL

Graet list! I hope you don't mind my copying this for my sellers! I am in Saint Augustine Florida just north of you and we usually do not get hit because of our location, but better safe than sorry. Hopefully Florida will avoid hurricane hits this year again! Good luck!

Aug 22, 2011 04:02 AM
Ed Kurosz , Lic. Assoc. RE Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Westhampton Beach & Quogue - Westhampton Beach, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork

It has been a very quiet Hurricane season so far this year thank goodness, but everybody should be on their toes!

Aug 22, 2011 04:03 AM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

It's important to remember to have updated vaccination records for each pet as well; a shelter will not accept pets with undocumentated vaccination records.

Aug 22, 2011 04:31 AM
Stephen P. Panczak, MBA
Keller Williams Coastal Partners - Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent & Business Coach, (561) 254-8098

Than - hurricanes may be easier to prepare for..you know when the're coming your way...thanks!

Linda - it's much easier to deal with the insurance with a recent inventory..thanks!

Diane - please feel free to share with anyone..thanks you!

Ed - it's the quiet seasons that are concerning. Hurricane Andrew struck in Aug (1st storm of season)! Being prepare is imperative..thanks

Carol - your absolutely right....thanks for sharing with us. Pets are often a "last minute" issue.

Aug 22, 2011 05:37 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Looks like the season has started and there are reports concerning this weekend for your area. Hope it takes another direction ~ great info for all!

Aug 22, 2011 11:53 PM