Florida’s prime hurricane season lasts from May through September. Florida homeowners may have experience with hurricanes after living in the area for a number of years. They know when evacuation is the best course of action or when it is safe to “ride it out.” Beryl Project Engineering provides professional home inspections and we have experienced many hurricanes and seen the devastation they cause. Here are some tips to prepare for hurricanes from a home inspector in Tampa.

Secure Loose Items

Hurricane-force winds can carry away items with incredible force and speed and cause extensive damage. Move throughout your property before an approaching hurricane and secure loose items, lawn furniture and anything that could potentially blow away. Much flying debris in hurricanes comes from trees. Keeping your trees trimmed appropriately will reduce the potential debris that can be turned into damage-causing missiles during a hurricane.

Prepare Your Home for Flooding and High Winds

Wind and water combine in hurricanes to wreak havoc. Prepare your home as much as possible to defend against both. A home inspector in Tampa often sees extensive damage from water and wind after a hurricane.

  • Close and secure storm shutters or cover all glass with plywood.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts so water can flow freely off and away from your home.
  • Test your basement sump pump and make sure the battery backup is fully charged.
  • Clear out any clogged screens or drainage lines.
  • Designate a safe place far from glass for your family with solid protection overhead.

Prepare for Power Outages

A loss of electricity can be expected with any hurricane. Prepare in advance for this so the impact is not a surprise.

  • Keep cellphones and electrical devices fully charged until the power fails.
  • Run the bathtub full of clean water for drinking and for filling and flushing toilets.
  • FEMA suggests turning your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keeping the doors closed to preserve food for as long as possible.
  • Try to subsist on canned or non-perishable foods as long as possible to preserve perishable items.
  • Place candles, flashlights or electric lanterns nearby and at strategic places like the bathroom and kitchen.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Gather essential items where they can be grabbed and used or taken with you in a hurry if evacuation becomes necessary. You can check the FEMA Ready website for more suggestions.

  • Lights
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid supplies
  • Canned or packaged food
  • Bottled water
  • Cash
  • Masks
  • Pet supplies
  • Medications
  • Copies of important documents

A home inspector in Tampa from Beryl Project Engineering can inspect your home for damages after a hurricane. Contact us for professional, reliable inspections in and around Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida.