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Essential Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Largo, FL

5/2/2024 (Permalink)

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Staying Safe This Storm Season with Our Handy Guide

Hurricanes and tropical storms are significant threats in Largo, Florida, especially during the hurricane season that starts on June 1st. Being prepared can drastically reduce the damage to your home and ensure your family's safety. SERVPRO® aims to keep residents safe with our essential guide to help you before, during, and after a storm.

Before the Storm Hits Largo

Secure Your Environment:

  • Check and secure outdoor furniture and structures that high winds can throw around.
  • Install storm shutters to protect windows from debris.
  • Designate a reliable person to check on your property if you're away.

Stock Up on Supplies:

  • Gather essential hurricane supplies such as water, non-perishable food items, flashlights/batteries, and a stocked first aid kit.
  • Ensure you have ways to receive storm updates, like a battery-powered radio.

Stay Informed:

  • Keep an eye on local weather reports and updates through community watch boards and relevant apps. Follow the EPA.
  • Understand the different storm elements like rain bands and storm surges, and know the categories of wind speeds.

During the Storm

Stay Inside and Safe:

  • Remain indoors and away from windows.
  • If evacuation is advised, follow the routes and guidelines provided by local authorities.

After the Storm

Assess and Report:

  • Check for any structural damage. Photograph damages for insurance claims.
  • Report downed power lines or gas leaks to the utilities immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Largo for rapid response and restoration services.

Recovery Services:

  • Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO Team Greenway is ready to help 24/7.
  • Call us at (727) 586-0060 to sign up for our Storm Emergency List.
  • From water damage mitigation to rebuilding, we ensure your property returns to preloss conditions.

Important Contacts and Services:

  • Always dial 911 in emergencies.
  • For non-emergency help, including pet transport and utility issues, keep a list of local Pinellas County contacts.

To strengthen your hurricane readiness, consider creating a detailed evacuation plan that includes safe routes and potential shelters. Also, maintaining an updated communication plan with family and friends during the storm can be lifesaving. Ensure that all family members know how to respond in case cellular networks go down.

In addition to preparing your physical property, consider backing up important documents and digital information. Store these in a secure, waterproof location or cloud storage to ensure access after the storm. Familiarize yourself with your insurance coverages and understand the claims process, as this will expedite your recovery efforts post-storm.

Remember, the key to effective hurricane preparedness is to plan accordingly and stay informed. By securing your home, stocking up on necessary supplies, and knowing what to do before, during, and after a storm, you can protect both your loved ones and your property. Let SERVPRO of Largo help you with any storm-related damages. We're Here to Help® 24/7 to support you in restoring peace and safety to your home.

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