After-Hurricane Information You’ll Need After Dorian Blows Over
With a Cat-5 hurricane on the cusp of our heels, we’re all a little anxious. That anxiety seems to almost triple after seeing the devastation in the Bahamas, but when you choose to buy homes in tropical climates you learn to live with the possibilities. However bad the storm may be, Floridians will do what they can to rebuild and recover. We’ve put together some information for our homeowners you may need post-hurricane Dorian if you live in Boca Raton, Florida.
The City of Boca Raton Website is An Excellent Source for Info Such as Assisting Seniors
Another excellent source for information, including how to assist people such as senior citizens post-Dorian, would be the city of Boca Raton, Florida. Be sure to visit their website to find out how you can help. In the meantime, if you’re reading this, we hope you’re in a safe place and heed the Code Red warning. If you’ve been ordered to evacuate, do so. But if you’re choosing to stay, you’ll want to ensure you have the right resources. This is a short list of numbers you may need over the next few days.
Thousands of Nationwide and Canadian Volunteers Partner with FPL
Florida Power & Light – As of August 29th, Florida Power & Light reports having volunteers from over 34 states and Canada as well as 16,000 employees on stand-by in the event power is lost with devastating Hurricane Dorian. If you lose power during this storm, you can rest assure the fine folks at FPL will be working around the clock to restore power. Many of the power lines are underground where not everyone will lose electricity. However, that isn’t guaranteed especially if there’s storm surge and flooding. If you do lose power or experience an emergency with downed power lines the number to call is 561-994-8227.
Download Code RED to Your Mobile for Updated Vital Information
Pay attention to your local forecast and download the CodeRED App on your phone. Hopefully, you have some type of generator or cell phone recharging battery. Regardless, CodeRED is an excellent resource for learning important information such as boiling water. The app utilizes your GPS and IPAWS Integrated Public Alert System sending you detailed and crucial alerts.
Avoid Running Your Dishwasher or Taking Unnecessary Showers to Prevent Sewer System Backups
For those of you who have been through increment weather you know it’s vital to reserve water after the storm has passed. A risk of sewer system backups will be present. Refrain from things like running your dishwasher or showering to prevent any issues. Yes, these details are uncomfortable, however they are important if we’re going to have a faster recovery.
Report the Smell of Gas and Get Out!
In addition to prevention of sewer system defaults, if you smell gas report immediately. There were many issues after Hurricane Irma where gas leaking occurred. Also, use your common sense and leave the area if the odor is present. Smelling is a safety mechanism and you need to pay attention. If you are a resident at a luxury condominium and smelling the distinct aroma, contact the management and leave the area. Never take a chance.
Donations are Always Accepted at The Red Cross
The Red Cross will inevitably integrate within our communities. Tons of volunteers are standing by as others are already underway heading toward the Bahamas to meet the devastation caused by Dorian. After horrific storms such as this, the Red Cross will be onsite delivering supplies, performing first-aid and providing blood where needed. The Red Cross is also a huge contribution to our local neighbors aiding with food and shelter to those less fortunate. You may donate to this organization directly by clicking this link: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-dorian-donations.html/
Take the Down Time to Catch Up on Things Around the House
Undoubtedly, Boca Raton along with the rest of the cities along the shoreline will have tons of debris. Be patient as crews will work around the clock with clean-up duties underway. However, it’s important not to go outdoors during the aftermath of Dorian. While many of you will be curious, there are too many dangers present after storms of this magnitude and you don’t want to be a part of the problem. This is a good time to catch up on your reading, organize your cupboards or purge unwanted items from your wardrobe. Being outdoors can prevent emergency crews from having access to necessary paths. Stay inside, be productive and be patient. Read the rest of our blogs if you’re looking for something to do?
Roof and Home Repair Resources
If you’re reading this article after the storm and are researching sources for roof repair, you can contact Roofers Boca Raton to assess the damage and repairing. You can also seek roof repair on Angie’s List, Home Advisor and Yelp. Look for businesses that have 5-star reviews if you’re new to the area. You can also ask for referrals from your neighbors.
Hurricanes Can Be a Good Time to Create Relationships
Speaking of neighbors? Oftentimes, hurricanes bring people together. You neighbors may need some assistance after Dorian heads North away from Boca Raton. Take this time to be social and help one another out. Sometimes just being kind is all it takes to form lasting relationships. Don’t forget to check on the elderly and less fortunate. They may need special care and Boca Ratonians are here to help.
Contact Local Fire Departments and Police to See How You Can Help
Contact your local fire stations and police departments to ask where your help is needed most? Chances are they’ll want you to stay in place, but they may be open to assistance with funding or manpower. They’ll most likely want to keep the phone lines open for taking big emergencies. Use your common sense here too.
Snowbirds Stay Nested Where You Are till Time is Right
Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach are resilient and will recover. Focus on staying positive even if you’re a snowbird living somewhere else. If you’re planning on coming to your second home after Hurricane Dorian leaves, you’ll want to contact your HOA, management or neighbors to assist. These individuals can give you a real-time update on what’s happening. No need to rush down to Boca Raton or the Palm Beach County areas until the time is right.
Contact Your Homeowner’s Insurance
Once you do have the clear and want to start you clean up, you can call many of the restoration companies if you have experienced a flood. Your homeowner’s insurance company will coordinate vendors and licensed companies to come in for the repairs. In most cases, your claims adjuster has an agreement with the organizations, and they negotiate with them directly. There is no need for you to be concerned. Try to stay positive and as we keep saying be patient.
If you’re looking to sell your home after the hurricane is over, we’ll be happy to help. Call or contact us via website www.BocaRatonPremierProperties.com