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What To Do When A Hurricane Is 36 Hours or Less From Landfall

At the Morgan Law Group, our Florida insurance claims lawyers are committed to providing our communities with hurricane resources that allow individuals, families, neighbors, and friends to remain safe during our dangerous storm season, which began June 1st.

Earlier this month we discussed how to prepare your home or business during a hurricane watch or warning with Florida Hurricane Season Is Here, Part One: Be Informed. Plan Ahead. Remain Safe.

Inside we talked about listening for weather updates and emergency instructions, going over hurricane preparedness checklists and restocking your kits accordingly, and reviewing your evacuation route and shelter locations to remain safe if or when a hurricane makes landfall.

What Should You Do Now That A Hurricane Warning Is In Effect?

One of the most important aspects of ensuring everyone is safe during a hurricane warning is to plan with your family, including the details of how you plan to communicate if you lose power.

There are several options, including phone calls, text messages, and social media check-ins. Just make sure everyone is on the same page and using the same platform. This will cut down on the worry and anxiety that can only make these dangerous storms more stressful.

Next, if you have a vehicle, make sure it is in good working condition, and that the gas tank is full, and place emergency supplies and a change of clothes in the car, in case you have to evacuate quickly.

Prepare areas in and around the home that are vulnerable to flooding with sandbags or water pumps that will help keep your home or business dryer during the hurricane. When this is necessary, keep the receipts for your purchases, as – depending on your policy – they may be reimbursed by the insurance company when you file a claim.

In addition:

  • If you have not already covered the windows in your home or business, now is the time to put up shutters or exterior grade plywood that is cut to fit around the glass.
  • All potential items that could be swept away during high winds, including lawn furniture, plants, or trash cans should be brought inside or anchored, so they do not become projectiles during the storm.
  • Bookmark your city or county website and check it often, or turn on your television or radio for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cellphone and any emergency equipment you will need during the storm in case you lose power.

As the storm moves closer…

  • Stay at home or in a planned, safe area, and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting possible, and be sure to only open it when necessary. This will allow food to last longer during a power outage.
  • Continue to check your preferred storm update platform, whether it is online, radio, or television for continued access to emergency alerts.
  • If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. Otherwise, stay in your home, business, or designated shelter to ensure your safety until the hurricane passes and it is safe to leave.

If you have questions regarding your hurricane insurance coverage or are still having trouble collecting the compensation you deserve from your Hurricane Michael claims, contact our accomplished Florida hurricane damage claim lawyers at The Morgan Law Group P.A. today by calling (844) 818-0774 to learn how we can help you fight for full financial recovery.

Stay tuned for our next blog post:

Florida Hurricane Season Is Here: Part Three

What To Do During & After A Hurricane