Take these steps now to ensure you are prepared for a disaster later.
Be sure to inventory items in your home, log important insurance contacts, make improvements to your home to mitigate damage and more.
Inventory Your Household Items
- Be sure to include receipts, photos, videos, purchase dates and serial numbers. Keep copies of the inventory and your insurance policies in a safe place such as a waterproof, fireproof container.
- The Department of Financial Services’ Homeowners' Insurance: A Toolkit for Consumers includes an extensive room by room home inventory chart to assist you in creating your inventory.
Financially prepare for a disaster:
- Use the Department’s Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit to log your accounts with financial institutions; and insurance company and agent contact information. Be sure to include the claims-reporting telephone number of your insurance company, which may differ from your agent's contact information.
- You may also log interactions with company representatives and repair persons.
- Keep this information in a safe place and make sure you have access to it if you are forced to evacuate your home.
Be Proactive With Repair Research
Contact your insurance company to determine if it requires you to use preferred contractors or repair companies whose work it guarantees. If your company does not have a preferred vendor list, research repair companies/contractors in advance. Ensure these companies are licensed and have the proper insurance coverage.
Consider Home Improvements
- Make improvements to your home in advance to mitigate damages. Minor changes - shutters, roof attachments, etc. - you make to strengthen your home now may decrease the amount of hurricane damage later. For more mitigation options, review the Plan, Prepare, Protect: Mitigation Page.
- You may also receive discounts on your insurance for such improvements. Check out the Department’s Premium Discounts for Hurricane Loss Mitigation guide to learn more.
Review a detailed list of mitigation options that can help strengthen your home and give you added protection against disasters:
Take Action When a Storm Threatens
When a storm threatens, take action to prepare your property for the potential impact.
- Buy and install the materials you need to secure your property and minimize your losses.
- Cover your windows with shutters, siding or plywood.
- Move vehicles into a garage or carport when possible.
- Grills and/or patio furniture should be moved inside.