4 Hurricane Preparation Myths Debunked

Personal LinesExperts project that the 2017 hurricane season will be a bad one. With tropical storms already developing in the Gulf of Mexico, this foreshadows a long hurricane season ahead. It is important to be prepared for a hurricane and to educate yourself on the preparation process. There are a lot of hurricane preparation myths that many Americans wrongly believe including these four:

Myth 1: Hurricane evacuations are based on wind speed.

Fact: Hurricane evacuations are based on the threat of a storm surge and inland flooding.

Myth 2: Building codes are stronger for coastal communities.

Fact: Coastal communities do not have stricter residential building codes.

Myth 3: Strengthening a home will cost more than $10,000.

Fact: Retrofitting your home to be stronger during hurricanes can prevent you from spending thousands in damage and can cost as little as $1,100.

Myth 4: Taping windows with masking tape or duct tape helps prevent hurricane damage.

Fact: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. It can create larger shards of glass and cause more injury. Use plywood storm shutters instead.

Don’t believe everything you hear when it comes to hurricane preparation. Instead, educate yourself on safe preparation tips. Ready.gov offers a wide variety of hurricane preparation materials. It is also a good idea to review your insurance coverage with your agent to ensure that you are covered in the event of a hurricane. Contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528, to learn more about hurricane coverage


Sources: PropertyCasualty360, The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Ready.gov

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