San Diego is a very pleasant place to live, and the weather can seem absolutely idyllic. Make no mistake, though, our hurricane season is very real. That’s why we’d like to share some information about what to expect from San Diego hurricanes, when to expect them to occur, and how to protect your home from damage.
Granted, our hurricanes are not as intense as the ones that hit the East Coast. However, hurricanes on the West Coast can dramatically increase our rainfall and, with it, the chance that you’ll experience flooding. Hurricane season runs from May to November- are you prepared for whatever it may bring your way? Take these precautions to make sure you, your family, and your home get safely through the season.
- Pack emergency kits. Each family member should have an emergency kit that’s easily accessible and ready to go. Natural disasters and severe weather events can happen quickly and with very little warning, so it’s important to be prepared.
- Follow the right sources. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides active weather alerts and news, and the National Weather Service Forecast Office for San Diego can help keep you up to date on local weather events. The San Diego County Emergency Site and the Emergency Notification System are good resources to help you keep abreast of emergency news updates.
- Plan ahead. Purchase flood insurance before hurricane season even approaches. However, insurance is only one piece of the preparedness puzzle. Make sure your family knows what to do in case of an emergency, and have a family communication plan in place so that if you become separated, you’ll still be in contact and know everyone is safe. Decide what to do with your pets in a disaster, and create a list of emergency contacts that you can physically have with you if you need to leave your home. In addition to listing close friends and family, have numbers for local government and emergency agencies among your contacts. Have all the supplies you’ll need on hand long before the actual event, to avoid getting caught in the rush.
- Know what to do in an emergency. Follow all instructions from public safety personnel, and leave your home if you live in a flood zone. Drive carefully, and do not drive through standing water. Use caution when re-entering your home after a flood, because it could be contaminated by floodwaters and sewage, or electrical hazards could be making it unsafe. When in doubt, call a professional to help.
If your home is damaged by a hurricane, contact the water damage experts at Pacific Flood Restoration. We offer full-service, 24-hour, on-call emergency services, and we’ve earned a reputation for being dependable, on time, courteous, and ethical. No matter the extent of your damage, our trained technicians have the experience, proven techniques, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home, fixing whatever damage it may have sustained. We also provide pack out services to relocate your belongings, so you can be confident that they’ll be secure while you deal with the aftermath of the storm. Call 760.516.8549, or contact us through our website.