Preparing New Jersey
for a Possible Hurricane|Tropical Storm
Angels Landscape and Suburban Sidewalks
Florence is making her journey towards the East Coast of the United States with her impact focused on North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean New Jersey is out of harms way. She can always turn back and come up the coast, impacting us as a major tropical storm, or even a hurricane again.
While the track remains uncertain, we must prepare regardless whether it’s a hurricane or tropical storm. While tropical storms often don’t cause as much damage as hurricanes, it is still important to prepare for them, as they can still cause a great deal of damage. Before the storm hits, there are a few precautions that homeowners should take to mitigate any potential damage to their property:
Storm Readiness List:
- Make sure your property is safe. Cut any tree limbs that may cause damage to the home if impacted by strong winds. Board up any windows if necessary;
- Store an adequate amount of supplies and water in the event the power goes out;
- Take any precautions necessary to protect against flooding, such as sandbagging;
- Bring in any items from outside that could cause damage if high winds occur.
- Homeowner or residents should check their insurance policies and familiarize themselves with their coverage. It is important to remember that standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Flood coverage is available as a separate policy and can be obtained from the National Flood Insurance Program and a few private insurers.
- After the storm, take notes and pictures of any damage that has occurred and promptly report it to your insurance company. Take an inventory of any damaged personal property. If temporary repairs are necessary to prevent the damage from worsening, those mitigating measures should be taken. Obtain any invoices or receipts, as they will be important to resolve your insurance claim. No permanent repairs should be done until after the insurance company has had an opportunity to inspect.
Looking for more information on how to prepare your property for an impending storm, or if you would like to be placed on our storm clean-up priority list contact us at (973) 594-0600 or email us at email@example.com