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Hurricane season is here again…Are you ready?

Now that hurricane season is here is Florida, it is time, once again to get prepared.  Below are some tips to being prepared for what experts are predicting will be a busy hurricane season in Florida!

The following is a list of items to check in and around your home in preparation for storm season:

  1. Check your roof (or have a licensed contractor check) for loose or missing shingles, holes, or nail pops.
  2. Check roof vents and stacks for damage.
  3. Clean your gutters and down spouts.
  4. Replace any missing or deteriorated caulking around windows and doors.
  5. Caulk any cracks in the exterior siding, stucco, or decorative masonry finishes.
  6. Check for loose or missing trim around windows and doors.
  7. Repaint any exterior walls that are showing signs of deterioration or have not been painted within five years.
  8. Check garage doors for proper operation including any wind bracing provided with the door.
  9. Have plywood or storm shutters available to cover all exterior openings if needed.
  10. Make sure all drains and catch basins around your home are clear of debris and able to drain freely.
  11. Stow any loose items around your home such as lawn furniture, trash cans, and yard maintenance equipment.
  12. Trim back any dead tree limbs or ones touching your home or roof.

Now that your home is ready, here is a list of personal items to gather and steps to take to insure that you and your family will be ready for the storm season:

gallon_jug_water_200X240Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

326CFC797361F69D3D4219D2826First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items – for babies and the elderly

Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Flashlight / Batteries

Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

10_dollar_billsCash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

Keys

Toys, Books and Games

Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

catalog tools imageTools – keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

One of the most important things to do now, before a storm hits, is to have an evacuation plan, including a pre-arranged meeting place for all family members in case of separation.  The above items will not lessen the effects of a severe storm, but they will have a profound effect on how well your family tolerates the aftermath.

Maronda Homes block homes in Florida since 1972One of the best ways to prepare for hurricane season is to buy a brand new reinforced concrete block home from Maronda Homes.  These homes are engineered to resist many of the forces that hurricanes have to offer.  They are also extremely resistant to rot and insect damage, another peril in the Florida environment.  Block homes are 16% more energy efficient than a comparable frame home, and with Maronda’s Bee Smart energy program they also deliver efficiency that exceeds the rigorous ENERGY STAR® guidelines!

Maronda Homes builds in great communities all over North Florida, Southeast Florida, and South Georgia that feature these signature homes with the new Stay-Dry foundation design!  Come and see what Maronda Homes has to offer today!

About Jim Marshall

Jim is a construction professional who has been involved in the new home building industry for over 30 years. He is a Certified General Contractor and Certified Home Inspector, and was associated with Maronda Homes for 16 years before embarking on new adventures in the Jacksonvile area in Florida.

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