Hurricane Preparedness PSA for Homeowners

  • By Jim Whatley
  • 08 Sep, 2017

When a hurricane is headed for your home, preparation is key.

In order to help keep you and your family safe and to protect your home from costly damage, here are a few helpful hurricane preparedness tips and resources for homeowners.

Before
Create a home evacuation plan ( https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family ) and know your route ( http://flash.org/2016EvacuationZones.pdf )
Acquire all the necessary supplies ( http://www.mynews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2016/5/storm-threat-supply-list-final.pdf )
Check your homeowners insurance ( https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/09/preparing-your-home-for-a-hurricane.html )
Take steps to protect your home - trim trees, check your roof for loose shingles, reinforce your garage door ( http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C001-S001-6-steps-to-protect-your-home-from-hurricanes.html )  
Understand steps to take during a watch and a warning ( https://www.livescience.com/3817-hurricane-preparation.html )
Consider building a FEMA safe room ( https://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms )
Don’t forget about your pets ( https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness )
Check your generator and make sure you have enough space to use it safely ( https://www.closetbox.com/blog/prepare-your-home-disaster-related-storage/ )

During
Stay inside, away from glass doors and windows ( http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-hurricane/ )
Know your terms (Storm statuses change) ( https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/hurricanes-safety-during-20120330 )
Keep your weather radio on and nearby at all times ( https://www.emergencykits.com/blog/the-importance-of-having-a-noaa-radio/ )
If the winds subside, stay put – it could be the eye of the storm ( https://www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-hurricane )
Hunker down in the lowest part of your home away from windows and doors ( http://lifehacker.com/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-hurricane-1798391969 )
Prepare to lose power ( http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricanes/hurricane-tracker-safety-tips-power-failures/story?id=14395074 )

After
Check your home for damage, being careful of dangling power lines and standing water ( http://www.redcross.org/news/article/nc/WHAT-TO-DO-AFTER-HURRICANE )
Document damage and file a claim ( https://www.todayshomeowner.com/top-5-must-dos-after-a-hurricane-damages-your-home/ )
Wear protective equipment during cleanup ( https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/cleanup-home.html )
Locate an open shelter ( http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter )
Take the recovery process slowly ( https://www.thestreet.com/story/14286040/1/what-to-do-after-a-flood-damages-your-home.html )
Locate disaster relief organizations ( http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm )

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By Jim Whatley 08 Sep, 2017
In order to help keep you and your family safe and to protect your home from costly damage, here are a few helpful hurricane preparedness tips and resources for homeowners.

Before
Create a home evacuation plan ( https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family ) and know your route ( http://flash.org/2016EvacuationZones.pdf )
Acquire all the necessary supplies ( http://www.mynews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2016/5/storm-threat-supply-list-final.pdf )
Check your homeowners insurance ( https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/09/preparing-your-home-for-a-hurricane.html )
Take steps to protect your home - trim trees, check your roof for loose shingles, reinforce your garage door ( http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C001-S001-6-steps-to-protect-your-home-from-hurricanes.html )  
Understand steps to take during a watch and a warning ( https://www.livescience.com/3817-hurricane-preparation.html )
Consider building a FEMA safe room ( https://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms )
Don’t forget about your pets ( https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness )
Check your generator and make sure you have enough space to use it safely ( https://www.closetbox.com/blog/prepare-your-home-disaster-related-storage/ )

During
Stay inside, away from glass doors and windows ( http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-hurricane/ )
Know your terms (Storm statuses change) ( https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/hurricanes-safety-during-20120330 )
Keep your weather radio on and nearby at all times ( https://www.emergencykits.com/blog/the-importance-of-having-a-noaa-radio/ )
If the winds subside, stay put – it could be the eye of the storm ( https://www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-hurricane )
Hunker down in the lowest part of your home away from windows and doors ( http://lifehacker.com/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-hurricane-1798391969 )
Prepare to lose power ( http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricanes/hurricane-tracker-safety-tips-power-failures/story?id=14395074 )

After
Check your home for damage, being careful of dangling power lines and standing water ( http://www.redcross.org/news/article/nc/WHAT-TO-DO-AFTER-HURRICANE )
Document damage and file a claim ( https://www.todayshomeowner.com/top-5-must-dos-after-a-hurricane-damages-your-home/ )
Wear protective equipment during cleanup ( https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/cleanup-home.html )
Locate an open shelter ( http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter )
Take the recovery process slowly ( https://www.thestreet.com/story/14286040/1/what-to-do-after-a-flood-damages-your-home.html )
Locate disaster relief organizations ( http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm )
By Jim Whatley 08 Sep, 2017

If you need help or advice during Hurricane Irma's onslaught, where do you turn? To the groups and people below once you've written down your personal insurance companies' phone numbers - property, auto and health.

  • Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund : This is Realtors helping Realtors. The Disaster Relief Fund  accepts aid applications from those in the Realtor family - members, associations and staff - who need assistance, and accepts donations from anyone who wants to help.
  • Call 911 : For any situation that requires immediate action.
  • Call 511 : Travel information, including info on road and bridge closures, toll suspensions and major evacuation routes: FL511.com
  • Florida disaster updates : www.floridadisaster.org
  • Florida Emergency Information Line : (800) 342-3557
  • Find a hurricane shelter : Text the word "shelter" and your zip code to 4-FEMA (43362).
  • Report price gouging : Florida's price gouging hotline is (866) 9-NO-SCAM.
  • Federal disaster assistance : (800) 621-FEMA (3362); TTY (800) 462-7585 ; www.fema.gov
  • Low-interest loans and business help : Offered through SBA disaster assistance loans, https://www.sba.gov/loans-grants
  • Insurance questions about policies : Florida CFO's free Insurance Consumer Helpline is (877) 693-5236 .
  • American Red Cross : (800) HELP-NOW or www.redcross.org
  • Salvation Army : (800) SAL-ARMY or www.salvationarmy.org
By Jim Whatley 21 Oct, 2016
  1. Location
  2. Condition
  3. Is your home in The Multiple Listing System (MLS)? Is the information accurate?
  4. Accessibility
  5. Price

What do we do to help with these keys.

LocationNot much we can do about that except accentuate the positive. How close is it to the jobs, shopping, activities, social groups and events

ConditionWe will hire a licensed home inspector to do a pre-listing inspection.

Then you need to decide if you want to make the repairs now or later. You can reduce price to allow for repairs or give an allowance to the buyer.

Listed in the Multiple Listing SystemWe get the information into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS the Market)

This is the pictures and information that is syndicated thru out the internet. I will order a Professional photographer to show High Definition and wide anglepictures of your home.

AccessibilityHow will you let your home be shown? keeping in mind we have no control over when people what to see your home. Your house is dating buyer. Is it ready for a blind date?  Will you allow a lockbox and easy access for agents?

PriceWe do a Comparative Market Analysis. How do we come up with the price? Location, Age, Effective Age, Condition, Additions, and comparable homes that have sold recently.

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