Protecting Your Home

Destruction of Homes
Hurricane, tornado, and other violent storm winds may damage or destroy your home. Debris carried by the wind can break windows and doors. This, in turn, will allow wind and rain inside your home causing tremendous damage. After Hurricane Andrew, the area was investigated to see which buildings failed and why. Inspectors found the roof, the windows, the doors, and the garage door were all contributors to the home’s destruction.

Before a storm approaches, have your home checked by a competent, qualified building inspector. A few projects to protect your site built home are in this section. There are many things you can do in addition to these, but this is a good start. Remember, even if you take these recommendations, there are no guarantees your home won’t be damaged or destroyed. If you are told to evacuate, do so.

Protecting Your Mobile Home
Please see Protecting Your Mobile Home page if you need specific information about mobile home protection.

Additional Information
The Florida Department of Insurance has a hotline to handle questions or complaints. Call 800-528-7094 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.