Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Homeowners

For the third day of Hurricane Preparedness Week, ServiceMaster DSI created a hurricane preparedness checklist for homeowners.

Be Educated

  • Stay informed with your local media
    • Monitor weather reports and watch for incoming tropical storms.
  • Educate yourself on hurricanes and the damage they can do. Read about hurricane categories here.
  • Know where your gas/propane and water shut-off valves are located. If a hurricane hits and if you have a leak, turning these valves off could be the difference between saving your home and having to rebuild.

Protect Your Family       

  • Create an emergency supply kit that includes:
    • A week’s supply of water and food per person
    • Cash
    • Battery operated radio
    • Tools
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlights
    • Blankets
  • Fill your chainsaw with gas and test it. If you do not have a chainsaw, consider buying one. You may need to cut down trees to get to safety.
  • Create, plan and practice an evacuation route for you and your family members.
    • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank in case you need to evacuate.
      • Make sure you have a car charger for your cell phone.
    • Put all important documents and/or any medications in waterproof/fireproof containers including:
      • Social security cards
      • Birth certificates
      • Passports
      • Insurance policies
      • Titles to Cars
      • Mortgages
      • Wills

Protect Your Pets

  • Get your pet an ID Tag
  • Buy leash and carriers to keep your animals with you if a disaster occurs. They may run off if a hurricane hits.
  • Store pet food in your emergency supply kit 

Protect Your Home

  • Have a roof inspection to make sure your roof is sealed tight.
  • Consider purchasing a generator. If you already have one, test it to make sure it is working properly.
  • Cut down any loose shrubbery that could fall and hit your home.
  • Bring in any lawn and garden furnishings or equipment. High winds could pick up these items and hit your house with them.
    • Exception: If you have a gas grill, do not bring the tank inside. Try to anchor or store the tank outside where high winds will not pick it up.
  • Consider buying flood/hurricane insurance. If you have flood/hurricane insurance, review your policy and deductibles.
    • Take photos of your home before a disaster hits so you know exactly what needs to be replaced and how much your contents are worth.
  • Close and board up windows, doors and garage door.
  • Sandbag all entrances and openings to your home.

Recovering from a hurricane can be tough but the experts at ServiceMaster DSI have the knowledge and expertise to restore your home. If you are in need of hurricane damage cleanup, give us a call at 844-413-3130.

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