Hurricane Jose Strengthens to Category 4
Hot on the Heels of Hurricane Irma
While most of us are finishing up our preparations for Hurricane Irma, the Leeward Islands are preparing for Hurricane Jose, just days after being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. While it is too early to know how Hurricane Jose is going to affect Florida, these back to back hurricanes highlight the importance of being prepared. Preparation is key not just for weathering the storm, but for making sure that after the storm, we can begin to put out lives back together.
Goldberg & Rosen has prepared a checklist to make sure you are ready before, during, and after the storm.
Before the Storm
Safety Supply Checklist
- Flashlights & extra bulbs
- Battery-operated radio
- Battery-operated lanterns
- Water (enough to last at least one week)
- Non-perishable foods, including canned foods (enough to last 5-7 days)
- Pet food for your furry friends
- First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Rain gear
- Fire extinguisher
- Can Opener
- Clean clothes
- Extra blankets
- Heavy gloves
- Extra medications for those requiring prescription medications
- Install hurricane shutters on all windows; if you don’t have shutters, consider boarding up all windows
- Place sandbags on all doorway and entryways that are susceptible to water inflow
- Clean the yard and all surrounding areas of all debris that can become airborne and cause injury to persons or damage to property, including lawn chairs, umbrellas, debris, and other miscellaneous items. Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters.
- If possible, secure straps or clips to securely fasten your roof to the structure of your home.
- Reinforce your garage doors.
- Most importantly, find a safe place to weather the storm. Stay tuned to all official notices and if authorities order an evacuation, begin the evacuation process.
- Gather and make copies of all important documents, such as titles, registrations, homeowner’s policies, auto insurance policies, flood insurance policies, travel documents, and any other original documents
- Make sure that anyone with a medical condition has extra medications and access to prescriptions, if needed
- Make a list of important phone numbers, including phone numbers of family, friends, emergency services, doctors, non-emergency services.
- DOCUMENT AND PHOTOGRAPH all personal and real property. This includes expensive personal items, fixtures (interior and exterior) and all angles of the property. Photographs are indispensable when the aftermath of the storm hits and the insurance company is dragging its feet in paying or denying the claim
After the Storm
Goldberg & Rosen has prepared a list of online and telephone resources to help you before, during and after the storm:
National Hurricane Center – Info on Hurricane Irma:
Florida real-time commuter information for those evacuating:
Florida Disaster Evacuation Zones and Maps:
Florida Disaster Shelter Program:
FEMA hurricane preparedness website:
FEMA contact information for emergency management agencies and offices:
FEMA evacuation guidelines:
Department of Transportation (DOT) Hurricane Harvey and Irma resources:
State of Florida Emergency Information 24-hour hotline (FEIL): 1-800-342-3557
State Volunteer and Donations Hotline: 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)
American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669)
Florida Power and Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)
Florida Department of Elder Affairs: 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
You can also report the illegal practice of price gouging by calling: 866-9-NO-SCAM or 1-866-966-7226.
Here are some tips to ensure a smooth recovery once the storm passes:
- Take pictures of your home, both inside and outside. Be sure to get photographs of the walls, the roof, and all fixtures outside the home. These will be invaluable when your insurance company is fighting you at every turn to pay your claim. We can use the photographs as evidence to force your insurance company to pay your claim.
- Take pictures of all personal property inside the home, including valuables such as furniture and art.
- Take pictures of your vehicle and your vessel so that if they are damaged in the storm, our hurricane Jose damage claim lawyers can use the photographs of evidence to get you compensated.
- Make sure to have a copy of all home, flood, auto, and vessel insurance
Once the storm passes, call Goldberg & Rosen at (305) 374-4200 to get the claim process started and let us help you rebuild.
After the storm, scammers are everywhere, praying on people who are in need. Goldberg & Rosen can help you make sure that only licensed, bonded, and insured contractors are working on your home. You can also verify licenses of contractors in Florida online at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/. Goldberg & Rosen also has licensed, quality professionals ready to help and have over 45 years of experience making insurance companies protecting their customers.
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