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Essential Tips to Keep You Safe during Hurricane Season 2020

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During Tampa Bay’s infamous hurricane season, disaster can strike at any moment and having a solid storm preparation strategy can keep your family, your neighborhood, roof plus entire home safe well before any storm hits. 

Most people have an idea of what it takes to prepare for extreme weather, but it’s just as important to know how to respond and recover after a hurricane. Are your ready for what is predicted to be a highly active 2020 storm season in Tampa Bay?

Commercial and Residential Roofing in Tampa Bay Storm Preparation

Prevent Illness While Planning for Hurricane Season 2020

You should always prioritize the safety of your home before storm months because it is the only place where you live peacefully along with your family. Today more than ever with the recent spread of COVID-19, we have to be even more vigilant about protecting our homes and families from outside elements.

When shopping for emergency items, be sure to allow more time than usual and understand you may have to visit more than one shop to gather your emergency food, water, and other medical supplies. Follow steps to avoid spreading illness, maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer. 

Commercial and Residential Roofing in Tampa Bay Storm Preparation

Now is the Best Time to Clean and Inspect Your Roof

Schedule your roof cleaning to be done just as the dry season ends. You will be able to detect any fault or minor issue on the roof, which is a bonus preventative measure for the arrival of hurricane season. 

Get any and all repair work done by a trusted and reliable roofing company early on to avoid structural problems and leaks in the future.

A safe and healthy home will make your life comfortable even during this year’s back to back storms. Take the time now to discover every nook and corner of the house and roof and find if there is anything wrong that needs to be fixed earlier.

Keep your home safe and get your emergency preparedness game plan together with our Emergency Planning Tips:

  • Keep your contact information up to date and make emergency contact cards.
  • Pick a designated meeting place in case you are separated or cannot get home.
  • Determine how you will evacuate, and where you will go if need be. Analyze maps properly and mark out detailed information about routes. When you are told to evacuate the area, you should immediately move to the planned evacuation zone.  
  • Stay stocked on supplies like water, batteries, non-perishables, fuel, and cash.
  • Check and maintain your car’s gas tank, oil, fluids, and tires. 
  • Never sweep leaves, grass clippings, or debris into the street. This clogs the stormwater system and prevents proper water drainage during floods. 
  • Keep your home in good repair, keeping gutters clean and tacking down loose roofing to minimize high wind damage.
  • Make an emergency kit, with first aid manual, sterile adhesive bandages of different sizes, latex gloves, soap, cotton balls, aspirin, etc. During the coronavirus crisis, you should add some extra items such as face masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes.  
  • Stay tuned to local officials for the latest weather updates. See local emergency links below for the city of Tampa.
  • Drawbridges close to boat traffic after evacuation orders are issued so secure your boat early. 
  • Using tape cannot prevent windows from breaking. Cover glass doors and windows with marine plywood or permanent storm shutters that are mainly designed to protect windows adequately and DO NOT stay in a room without shielded glass. 
  • Ensure garage and double entry doors are secured, both top and bottom.
  • If you have a mobile home or RV, anchor your roof with tie downs.
  • If you are in danger of flooding, turn off the electricity at the main breaker.
  • If you lose power, make sure all your major appliances are off to reduce surge damage when power is restored.
  • Ventilate and dry your home by opening doors and windows. 
  • Avoid driving and wading through flood waters.
  • Continue using preventive actions like wearing face masks and washing your hands as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to stay safe and healthy during the 2020c Tampa hurricane season. 
  • Survey your home or business with caution, from the outside first. Take photos of any home or roof damage you will need to submit a claim with your homeowner’s insurance.
  • Have a qualified licensed electrician inspect your electrical system before restoring power. 
  • Hire licensed contractors and roofers that provide written estimates, clear dates, and payment terms.
  • For extreme damage requiring roofing repairs, reconstruction, or demolition, your licensed contractor will obtain the required building permits.

Tampa Bay’s storm season finds many families and businesses without water, electricity, and in worse cases- immediate responders. Many home and property owners are left with flooding, structural, and roof damages to assess. 

While it is crucial to stay self-sufficient and self-reliant during emergencies, be sure to contact your local licensed professionals to address repairs once the storm is over. 

Keep your friends and loved ones informed this fall and prepare for tomorrow, today!

Wet Season is Here: Is Your Roof Prepared?

Remember: The longer you wait, the greater the repairs. So contact a trusted and reliable roofing company today.

Our team is always ready to resolve your roofing related issues ranging from roof installation, roof replacements, re-roofs, inspection, and other regular roof repair and maintenance services.

Before you incur any roof damages this 2020 hurricane season, remember to call - your trusted Tampa Roofing Contractor.