Your home is likely your largest investment, so protecting it from natural disasters is a top priority. And, in Florida, preparing your house for a hurricane is a necessity.

Hurricane Eta has currently dropped down to the level of a tropical storm Eta, but it is still bringing strong winds and flooding to the west coast of Florida, so we’ve prepared a checklist you can use to best prepare your home for a tropical storm or hurricane.

  • Prepare Your Basic Storm Kit: A basic storm kit should have all the necessities for you and your family to get through 48 hours without power. This includes blankets, batteries, a three-day water supply and two-day’s worth of food.
  • Invest In A Power Generator: Even if a storm doesn’t last long, a power outage can. Having a generator can help your family resume activities during a power outage.
  • Unplug Your Electronics: Even if you have a surge protector, make sure to unplug all of your electronics to prevent any potential damage from a power surge when power kicks back on.
  • Maintain Your Outdoor Area: Make sure to bring in all outdoor furniture and other items that could cause damage to your home. Cut tree branches down, so they don’t damage power lines, and empty your gutters to allow water to drain.
  • Protect Windows and Doors: Cover all your windows with permanent storm shutters, so they don’t blow off in high winds. Board up your doors as well including your garage door.
  • Review Your Insurance Policy: Check your homeowner’s policy and review the protection you have if your home incurs damage from hurricanes or floods. Purchase additional insurance to make sure you have the adequate protection necessary.

Some of the most common problems after a hurricane include issues with the roof, water damage, and power-related issues. If your home sustains any damage due to a hurricane, make sure you contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Also, keep an accurate record of all inventory and damaged property as well as expenses, bills, and receipts from any repairs you make.

Above all else, make sure you have a safe zone designated in your house, and follow all guidelines on evacuation to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.