To round out our month-long series of posts about Gulf Coast storm protection we are going to spend some time reviewing some of the additional resources, protections, and guidelines available to help renters and homeowners protect themselves from storm damage. We’ve already discussed tips for finding a trustworthy contractor, Gulf Coast flood insurance resources, and types of water damage that can affect a home during and after a storm. Finally, we shared some tips for drying out cabinets after a flood. Today we’re going to cover just a few more important pieces of advice for staying storm-ready on the Gulf Coast.
Renters Need Insurance, Too
We have focused primarily on the effects of storm damage and flooding on homeowners, but renters also need coverage. Make sure you have a renters policy to cover your belongings, and inquire about coverage for flooding, as well as sewer or drain backup damage.
You Can’t Be Too Prepared
There is a reason why everyone from the Red Cross to Ready.gov to The Gulf Coast Center have online resources to help people prepare for, protect against, and recover from a hurricane! You can plan ahead to better help you and your family ride out a storm, as well as have an evacuation plan; pre-packing supplies, keeping necessities like bottled water and shelf-stable food items on hand, and making sure you have the cash and documentation you need to navigate a post-storm recovery period are all ways to keep yourself, and the people you love safe.
You can make the same kinds of preparations for your home. Why wait until the storm hits to find a good contractor in your area? Use the GHBA member directory to locate a certified, reputable contractor in your area now; further, check in with your insurance agency and/or underwriter to make sure you have all of the storm and flood protection you need.