Summer storms: Plan ahead to protect your property

Summer storms: Plan ahead to protect your property

Judging by the recent weather and forecasts, we are beginning to enter our rainy season. With an above-average hurricane prediction from experts for the 2013 season, it’s time to get ready! [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

Check all canals, culverts, and drainage ditches to ensure water will flow properly when we have extra rainfall. Also check the structural integrity of your barns and buildings; some may need to be reinforced or repaired to survive winds and rain from summer storms. Ride your fence lines and remove weak trees or trees that may fall on a fence during a storm. You don’t want to round up livestock and mend fences in a summer squall. It’s dangerous and should not be necessary if you take proper precautions ahead of time.

You also may want to sit down with your insurance agent and review your storm coverage. Some companies may have changed their coverage on storm-related damage or they may be in the process of doing so. You need to know what you would be required to pay in the event of damage from a destructive storm.

When a storm comes, we often focus on protecting our families and our home. But preparing your land for the upcoming summer rain/hurricane season is important, too. Plan ahead to protect it.

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column by BRAD WEIHRAUCH

BIO: Brad Weihrauch is a Polk County native. He grew up around a family business of agriculture and customer service. After Winter Haven High School, he went on to complete his education at Polk Community College and Warner Southern. After serving 17 years in customer service for a large retailer, Weihrauch returned to his agriculture roots and founded RWC, an agri-service and management company, in 2002. [/emember_protected]