2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Here.
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season is here. Are you prepared?
June 1st, 2017 sees the official start of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season. This period of high tropical cyclone formation runs through November 30th.
So are you prepared? Does your Miami-Dade or Broward County home require additional hurricane protection? What else do South Florida residents need to do to be ready for this year’s pending storms?
Forecasts for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season call for between 8 to 14 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes, and 1 to 3 major hurricanes. For Floridians who naturally bear the brunt of most Atlantic storms, it is not a matter of if they’ll be affected, but when.
The first 5 tropical storms of 2017 are to be named:
Of course it only takes one storm to completely destroy a home. Even minor wind damage to roofs and windows can cause extremely expensive leaks and water damage.
Two of the best forms of hurricane protection for those living in the coastal tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are Hurricane Accordion Shutters and Roll-Down Shutters.
The small investment these critical defenses require can also be offset by lower homeowners’ insurance premiums, and increased resale home values. Without them a lifetime’s worth of work and investment in a home can be lost in seconds.
Sadly far too many homeowners wait until a hurricane is “in the box” to start to take action. Of course at this point insurance underwriters will no longer write coverage, and waiting lists for hurricane shutters are stacked up, and that’s if workers haven’t been evacuated.
All too often the long term benefits of these home defenses are overlooked. In addition to essential defense in the face of major storms, shutters can also become one of the best home protections in the wake of storms when looting and crime can spiral out of control. Even for snowbirds and seasonal residents can find this one of this home security measures, which naturally deters property crime year round.
Of course, beyond shelter concerns Floridians need to get an early start in preparing and stocking up on food, water, and gas too. Create an evacuation and family meet up plan too. Last, but not least, make sure to have contact information on hand for attorneys, insurance companies, and contractors to help in the wake of storms.