Ready for the Storm: Ava Stewart’s Hurricane Readiness Plan

When disaster strikes, having a reliable insurance partner is crucial. State Farm® agent Ava Stewart, a lifelong advocate for Miramar residents and businesses, is a testament to this. With the support of one of the industry’s largest catastrophe response teams, Ava’s extensive experience ensures she will be there for you, both in the past and in the future.

The power of a hurricane or severe wind is not to be underestimated. These unpredictable natural forces can pose a significant threat to your home and safety. However, by taking proactive measures, you can enhance your safety. While you can’t prevent a hurricane, you can fortify your home against its destructive force. We spoke with Ava to gain insights on effectively preparing, protecting, and recovering from a major storm.

What should families do to prepare for a hurricane?
Designate a safe room or place in your house to protect your family from injuries caused by broken windows or flying debris. These rooms are typically on the house’s interior, on the ground floor, away from doors and windows.

We also recommend having a family disaster plan and putting together a survival kit in case you need to evacuate. The kit should include basic items such as water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, blankets, food, and fresh water. If you have pets, include whatever they might need as well.

If you need to leave before a storm, ensure you secure your home as best you can. Anything that could turn into a dangerous flying object should be brought inside. It is also a good idea to take photos or a video of the interior and exterior of your home. In the event of a loss, it is much easier to demonstrate ownership of your valuables this way.

What steps should we take after a storm?
When it is safe to return home, the first thing to do is to assess your property for any damage. Before you do any repairs or hire someone to do them, be sure to discuss them with your insurance claims representative and keep track of all the time and money spent. To speed up the insurance claims process, it’s crucial to document all the items you throw out. This informed and prepared approach can make a significant difference in the aftermath of a storm.

Time and again, the failure to take basic precautions has made hurricanes more tragic. Following some simple steps before a storm hits can help shield your property against wind and water and prevent injuries to your family. 

Ava offers a no-obligation risk analysis for all Miramar residents, homeowners, renters, and business owners. Whether you need to cover your home, apartment, office, or home-based business, State Farm has protection packages that fit your needs and budget. This complimentary service will help identify risks and give you peace of mind. Call 954-450-8355 to schedule yours today. For more info about Ava or State Farm®, visit