BY PAUL LICATA
Director of Business Development, Dean Mitchell Restoration
For more than 10 years, Dean Mitchell Restoration has provided restoration and remediation services to both residential and commercial customers across Florida. Below are a few questions to help get residents thinking about the storm season that is now here and what Floridians can do before that first hurricane warning.
Q. We know there are a number of things to do when you can get that storm warning.What do you advise residents to do early in the season, before a hurricane is on its way?
A. There are a number of things you can do to prepare your property or business prior to a storm.
In fact, it’s almost better to do so before there is even a storm on the horizon.
- You should check the exterior of your home for any cracks that may need to be sealed. Doors and windows, even skylights, should be caulked to ensure all worn down seals are filled in to prevent water leaking in to your home.
- Have your vegetation trimmed. You don’t want to have loose branches when strong winds are coming through.
- Find out if you are in an evacuation zone (and find out the evacuation route if so).
- Learn the elevation of your property and if you may be in a flood-prone area. If you are, plan an alternate location to stay during the storm.
- One that people don’t think of, but is important, is to identify a restoration company early. Any reputable company can give a background on their company, and their specialties, as well as quote you on their pricing and will stand by that quote even after a storm with major damage. If you do have any damage you can call them directly and can know you are getting quality work and not inflated pricing.
Q: A storm warning has been issued. Now what do I do?
A: Once you are certain that a storm is coming, the clock is ticking to prepare your property. All furniture, toys, trashcans, basically anything that is not secured to the ground should be brought inside. All windows should be covered with hurricane shutters or wood (note: tape will not prevent a window from breaking) and garage doors should be reinforced. If wind enters the garage it could cause costly structural damage. You should also be sure that your supply kit is fully stocked and there is enough food, water and supplies for everyone who will be with you during and after the storm. If you have a gas grill, be sure to turn off the propane. If you have a boat or jet ski, be sure they are secured or in a safe location. Also, make sure you know how to drain your pool if the water level gets too high.
Q: I’d like additional information on ways I can prepare for hurricane season. Where can I find it?
A: For your convenience, we’ve added a number of helpful checklists, including a supply checklist, a tracking map, and more at deanmitchellgroup.com. Additionally, there are a number of resources available to you at www.pbcgov.com or www.nhc.noaa.gov. If you need additional assistance, give Dean Mitchell Restoration a call at (561) 881-8567 and we can help you ensure your home is ready this hurricane season.
To learn more about ways you can prepare early this hurricane season, or to download your own tracking map and checklist, visit www.deanmitchellgroup.com.