As the weather is getting warmer, we are approaching hurricane season. In Florida, the hurricane seasons lasts from June 1 through November 30; therefore, it's time to start planning ahead and stocking up on vital supplies in order to keep you and your loved ones safe in case a storm strikes Miami.
Each year, many seasoned Miami residents spend hundreds on purchasing hurricane supplies such as nonperishable foods, gasoline, bottled water and toiletries.
On the other hand, too many residents wait until South Florida is threatened with a storm, and they make a last minute dash to the store to stock up on supplies, resulting in a significant expenditure.
Tips for Purchasing Hurricane Supplies
Rather than waiting until the last minute to purchase necessary supplies, it's more cost effective to slowly build up your emergency kits, little by little. Here is what we recommend doing to prepare for a hurricane:
- Make use of good coupons or sales whenever possible.
- Purchase an extra non-perishable food item each time you go to the grocery store.
- Combine your resources with friends and family to buy bulk items, and divide them up.
- For ice after a storm, fill containers 2/3 full with tap water, and store them in the freezer all year long.
- To make bed rolls, use comforter and blankets you have around the house.
Getting Your Yard Ready
If you properly prune your trees and shrubs before a hurricane approaches, you can greatly reduce the amount of debris that could be thrown about during a storm.
If you live in Miami-Dade County, you can dispose of small trash items with the county's twice-weekly garbage collection service. If you're on automated service, the waste must fit in the waste cart and the lid must close. However, if you are on a manual collection schedule, you can dispose of the waste in bags, cans, or bundles along with your household garbage.
Note: do NOT begin any pruning or cleanup during a hurricane watch or warning!
After the Storm
After the storm, be sure to carefully document the damage by taking pictures and video recordings. Next, contact your insurance adjuster.
If for some reason your hurricane claim is underpaid or denied, you should immediately contact a Miami insurance attorney from Mena Law Firm. We operate on a contingency fee basis, thus, if we don't win, we don't get paid, and if we do, your insurance company will cover our fees without deducting anything from your compensatory payout.
Call today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our experienced legal team!