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By Kailey Hagen
Published September 11, 2022
Don't wait until there's a hurricane on its way.
We're rapidly approaching the peak of hurricane season, and while it's been
pretty quiet so far, there are no guarantees it's going to stay that way. So
it's important for coastal homeowners to take key steps now to prepare
themselves for the worst. Here are four things to do right away.
1. Review homeowners insurance coverage
Hurricanes can easily wipe out an entire neighborhood, leaving homeowners to
rebuild from scratch. But that can be challenging, especially if the home
insurance policy limit isn't enough to cover the full cost of a rebuild.
Homeowners may have no choice but to build a smaller, cheaper home, move
elsewhere, or pay the extra out of their own pocket.
Those who don't want to worry about this should review their home insurance
policy limits and ensure they're appropriate based on the latest building costs
in the area. Those with questions may be able to get estimates from a local
insurance agent or a local builder who's familiar with the building costs in the
2. Consider adding storm shutters
Storm shutters protect a home's windows from breaking in a hurricane, which can
also protect items inside the home from storm damage. It can cost a few thousand
dollars to get storm shutters for a whole house, but it could be worth the
investment for homeowners who can afford it. Not only will it reduce the damage
in a hurricane, but many home insurers also give discounts to homeowners who
install storm shutters.
Homeowners who choose to install these should reach out to their insurer to see
if they qualify for any savings. If not, they may want to get some quotes from
other companies to see if they can save more elsewhere.
3. Make backups of key documents
It's wise to make backups of key documents, like birth and marriage
certificates, and insurance policies. Ideally, homeowners should keep one copy
at home and one copy away from the home. A safe deposit box at a bank is a good
This will reduce the risk of loss and spare homeowners the replacement fees
people typically pay to order new ones. Keeping copies of insurance documents
could also speed the claims filing process because the homeowner will have all
of their account information readily available.
4. Have emergency supplies on hand
Stock the home with emergency supplies, like bottled water and flashlights with
extra batteries. It's best not to wait until there's word of an impending storm
because that's when everyone else will try to buy the same things. Prepare well
in advance, but don't go too overboard. Only buy things you know you'll use.
Taking these steps now can't stop a hurricane from upending lives and destroying
property, but it can make recovering from them a little bit easier. Even if no
hurricanes occur nearby, it's better to be safe than sorry.