Hurricane season began on June 1st and runs through November 30th. On August 9, 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revised its predictions for this year’s season, forecasting a below-average hurricane season with 9–13 named storms, 4–7 hurricanes, and 0–2 major hurricanes for the remainder of 2018. Regardless of this less dire prediction, it is still important to prepare for the possibility of a severe storm, keeping your roof in mind. Buildings located in coastal states are potentially more vulnerable in these storms, therefore it’s wise to be proactive and schedule an inspection to get your roof ready for any future storm(s).

Why Schedule an Inspection? While your roof is designed to withstand the elements, no roof is 100% immune to the damages of microbursts, heavy winds or hurricanes. Even roofs that are properly designed and installed can become damaged in a severe storm due to flying debris, pressure and wind uplift. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prepare your roof and can potentially save you thousands of dollars in future repairs.

Hurricane Preparations include:

Know your evacuation plan

Before a storm approaches and possible evacuations and States of Emergency are issued, It is important to understand which evacuation zone you are in and the correct evacuation route. Often times these are overlooked details that could help ease the stress once an evacuation order is issued.

Here are some additional tips to help with your evacuation plans

Communication with employees

Have supplies ready!

Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information. Also make sure you have water and non-perishable food.

Don’t forget your important documents and paperwork

Having your homeowners, corporate insurance and car insurance paperwork or electronic copies of these policies can be critical after the storm has passed. Creating a detailed list of your home and business contents along with pictures. These documents may help expedite the insurance process if you have to file a claim for damages caused by the storm. It is also worth noting that you may need your license and homeowner's paperwork to re-enter your business or residence after the storm.

Preparing your home for a storm

Preparing your business for a storm

Flying debris and uplift pressure can cause damage to your roof during a severe storm.

We hope these tips will be beneficial as you prepare for the storm. Please stay safe!