Hurricane Myth #7: A powerful hurricane will wipe out my house so why bother preparing?
Yes, there is always the possibility of losing it all in a major storm, but you should still take precautions to minimize damage as much as possible by boarding up windows, removing debris that can be potential projectiles, and trimming dead or dying limbs from trees around your home.
These simple actions could mean the difference between a repairable house and a total loss.
Hurricane Myth #6: Since I have homeowner’s insurance, I don’t need to worry.
Most homeowner’s insurance has a high deductible for hurricane damage and does NOT cover flooding. Check your coverage well before hurricane season begins then supplement it with additional flood insurance if you’re in a flood prone area.
A good reference and supplemental coverage program is the National Flood Insurance Program administered by the federal government.
Hurricane Myth #5: Before a storm, fill bathtubs and sinks to use as drinking water.
While water stored in a bathtub can be used for washing clothes, bathing, or flushing toilets, it’s not considered sanitary enough for drinking. Use bottled water instead.