How to prepare a mobile home if you have to evacuate

Living here in the Tampa, FL region means we’re always preparing for things like hurricanes. While we’re a tough, resilient bunch – no one ever wants to hear that they’re being evacuated. That being said, it’s part of life when you live in a region like ours and it’s important that you have a plan for your mobile home if it happens.

Mobile homes give you a whole other element to think about when it comes to these sorts of scenarios, and that’s why we’re here today. Here are some tips on what you can do in the event you’re ever evacuated from your mobile home.

Check your insurance policy

If you live in an area where flooding and hurricane damage is a real risk, then you need to prioritize this. Check your insurance policy to see what will be covered. If things like flooding aren’t covered under your policy, then make sure you invest in it. If you have it, take a copy of your policy with you. You’ll probably need it.

Secure your property

Make sure you move things like electrical items and other valuables to higher ground or set them in a higher space in your mobile home. That way, you don’t have to bring them and in the event there’s flooding, they’re at less of a risk of being damaged or lost.

Tie down loose objects outside

Whether it’s a hurricane or a flood – it’s important you tie down your belongings outdoors or place them inside where they can’t be blown away or won’t float away. These things can become a hazard to others if left out, so do the right thing.

Cover your windows

This should go without saying, but you’ll want to make sure your windows and entrances are boarded up so as to avoid things like broken glass. In addition, it’ll help keep water from getting into your home and damaging it.

Sandbags in the toilet

Yep, we know it’s a little gross but it’s important to do. Why? Because it’ll help dramatically mitigate sewage backflow in the event of flooding. While flooring in mobile homes tends to be a little more resistant than in traditional homes, damage can be compounded and repairs and cleaning could be significant.

We sincerely hope that you’ll never have to use these tips, but in the event you do; you’ll have a little bit better chance of witnessing your home tough out the bad weather. We also can’t stress this enough – be sure to check with your local town and review their evacuation policy. Not only will they tell you where to go, but some have specific things you should concern yourself with and take note of. Good luck!

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