Early forecasts predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with up to 16 named storms and four major hurricanes with Category 3 strength or higher. This doesn’t take into account the torrential rains and winds for which South Florida is famous.
“Last week, the formation of Alberto marked a very early start to hurricane season," said Benjamin Alvarez, founding partner of Alvarez, Feltman & Da Silva (AFD). "Whether they are on the coast or inland, it is important that home and business owners in South Florida take precautions to protect their property before the storm hits.”
AFD, a prominent South Florida law firm dedicated to representing individuals and businesses in all types of litigation, has developed one of South Florida’s preeminent first-party insurance litigation departments, representing thousands of home and business owners against their insurance carriers.
To prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, the firm urges Miami residents and businesses to take precautions. Before June 1st, home owners should ensure they have building code approved hurricane shutters, install hurricane straps or clips, install head and foot bolts on doors, install anchors and pre-drill holes for the plywood.
Homeowners should also keep all receipts of jewelry, electronics, or collectibles, and create waterproof lists of all contents of drawers and cabinets. All Miami residents should assess property prior to hurricane season and ensure landscaping and trees do not become hazardous. AFD recommends taking pictures and video of the property and keeping the information in a safe place.
It is also important South Florida property owners review their property insurance to endure that the necessary clauses are included for coverage for damage suffered during a storm. In the event of a storm, AFD emphasizes the importance of being proactive with insurance claims throughout the South Florida hurricane season.
AFD urges home and business owners to contact their firm's lawyers with any questions regarding the upcoming hurricane season. The firm is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and offers free consultations. The principals of AFD are available for interviews in English and Spanish with important information on how home and business owners can prepare their properties for their upcoming hurricane season as well as information for the public on what clauses their property insurance should include in order to ensure coverage from damage due to a storm.