For many people, COVID-19 has forever changed the way they think about disasters. But for us in Florida, not everything about COVID-19 has been new, especially in terms of understanding the importance of preparation when it comes to fending off a life-threatening force with a mind of its own.
Every hurricane season, we brace for potentially life-threatening storms, and we take our preparation seriously because we know first-hand the kind of damage powerful hurricanes can inflict.
The challenge this year, however, is that we are preparing for storm season in a climate where people are already maintaining an elevated state of emergency awareness due to the pandemic. That means homeowners may face a potentially greater shortage of important emergency supplies that should be well-stocked as part of a hurricane preparation plan. Not to mention, disaster fatigue.
What the Pandemic Means for Hurricane Season Preparation
While many homeowners generally approach the annual hurricane season in much the same way each year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made many families rethink what it means to prepare for an emergency.
Before storms make landfall in Florida, typical hurricane preparation includes taking care of things like:
- Packing a hurricane go-bag (read this post for what you need to put in yours)
- Stocking up on emergency supplies
- Documenting your property (take pictures and video!) and reviewing insurance policies
- Knowing your evacuation route or where to go for safe shelter during and after the storm
- Preparing your home and property to mitigate storm damage
The pandemic, however, has made some of these tasks even more challenging. During these past several months, many store shelves have frequently been emptied by homeowners stockpiling for quarantine. The urgency to stay safe and the difficulty with which it can be to find many basic necessities during times of crisis makes preparation for short- and long-term needs even more pressing.
While we don’t know for certain when the pandemic will end, we do know that hurricane season is here. Use this time now to prepare for the storms by taking smart precautions to ensure that your family and your home will have what you need if yet another emergency strikes.
And after the storm, if you do find that your property has been damaged, get in touch with us first at Silverberg|Brito, PLLC. Our experienced team of insurance litigation attorneys is ready to help you step-by-step during your insurance claims process and make sure that you receive your rightful claim distribution.