Two years ago category 5 hurricane, Irma, slammed into Collier County with top wind speeds of 142 mph. There are still many, many properties that have yet to be repaired. Many businesses were inundated with water because the rain was able to get past conventional building structures through soffits and cracks in concrete walls. Mold is still being remediated from homes affected by the hurricane wind driven rain.
One such structure was the Baker Museum of Art at Artis Naples. There was damage to art and there is now a new structure being built to replace the old one that was compromised by the hurricane.
No one knows when the next category 5 hurricane will hit or where it will hit but, history shows that Southern Florida is directly in the path of where many hurricanes develop. It is only a matter of time and, when we least expect it, somewhere in Florida we will have another catastrophic hit. In fact, the List of Florida hurricanes encompasses approximately 500 tropical or subtropical cyclones that affected the state of Florida. More storms hit Florida than any other U.S. state, and since 1851 only eighteen hurricane seasons passed without a known storm impacting the state.
If you have valuable and/or sentimental items ion your home and cannot replace them it is essential that you have a plan in place before the next hurricane season is upon us. Officially, hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The earliest time in the year for a hurricane to strike the nation was June 9, which was set by Alma in 1966 and, the latest was on November 22, which was set by Hurricane Kate in 1985.
During the buildup of Irma the William C Huff Company was called several times to get items out of harm’s way and stored in our category 5 facility. Waiting until the last minute is never a good idea. The best thing to do is have a plan in place. The best plan is to automatically have the most valuable items removed at the beginning of June and then returned in November, particularly if you do not spend summers in Florida. This is a much less expensive alternative to having costly repairs done for water damage.
With a simple phone call an appointment with our client liaison can made to assess the specific items that need to be removed and give an accurate quote for the systematic crating, packing, removal, storage and return would cost. Most estates have several pieces which have a value that warrants being protected from a category 5 hurricane and, some private insurers may actually have coverage that pays for the safe removal and storage of these items.