Hurricane season begins in just a few more days. Are you ready for it?
Hurricane preparedness is vital to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your valuables, including any fine art you may possess.
What can you expect during the upcoming six-month hurricane season? And how can you protect your valuable works of art?
Hurricane Season 2018: What We Can Expect
Last year, we saw one of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of the U.S., hurricane Irma. This was one of 10 hurricanes in 2017. Six of them – including Irma – were considered major. Winds from Irma gusted over 180 miles per hour, the result of which killed 44 people.
And as of September 2017, Time magazine reported that the financial cost of Irma would exceed $290 billion, the highest cost of hurricane damage in the U.S. to date.
This year, hurricane season 2018 is gearing up to be even worse. Some forecasters predict at least seven storms, three of which could be classified as major, with winds gusting over 111 miles per hour.
Meteorologists also predict that things could possibly be even worse since they don’t anticipate a particularly strong El Niño this year.
Besides the strong winds and rain, forecasters and residents know that hurricane preparedness isn’t always easy because hurricanes aren’t always predictable.
While we can track the storms, we still don’t know exactly where they’ll make landfall. Forecasters could predict that a hurricane will land on the east coast, when the storm suddenly shifts to the left and makes landfall more to the west than expected.
This is definitely something we saw last year. And while it showed that we can’t always be 100% prepared, we can still take steps to protect our valuables from a hurricane.
Hurricane Preparedness – What You Can Do to Protect Fine Art from Weather
What can you do to protect fine art from weather this hurricane season? When preparing for a hurricane, we recommend taking the following steps.
1. Document What You Have and Get an Appraisal
Hurricane preparedness includes an evaluation of your valuables.
Take pictures of all your valuable pieces of art and get them appraised. They may have gone up in value over time and you want to make sure your insurance covers the true cost of the pieces.
2. Secure Your Art Within Your Home
If you choose to keep your artwork in your home this hurricane season, make sure you store it properly.
Valuables should be stored in rooms toward the center of the home, away from outside walls, doors, and windows. Even the attic isn’t necessarily safe during a hurricane because the winds and rain can damage the roof.
Make sure art on the walls is properly secured, and anything you take off of the walls should be wrapped in protective plastic and placed at least three inches off of the ground.
If you have artwork in your outdoor space, bring it inside. If that’s not possible, cover them with thick blankets (like moving blankets) and make sure they’re securely in place.
3. Make Sure Your Valuables Are Insured
Insurance is a great way to protect yourself financially, especially if you’ve invested in expensive pieces of art. You might even be able to ask your insurance company to send someone out to prepare your home so that your art is safe.
However, it’s important to note that insurance only protects the monetary value of the piece. Fine art is, essentially, irreplaceable. Maybe what you have is a one-of-a-kind piece. Or you simply fell in love with an artist and invested in their beautiful works.
No amount of financial compensation can cover those losses. That’s why it’s vital to take steps now, before hurricane season 2018, to protect fine art from weather.
4. Store Your Fine Art When a Hurricane Threatens Your Home
Even if you follow every step to secure and protect your art, your home might not be as impenetrable from the forces of a hurricane as you would like.
Thankfully, there is another option for protecting valuables from a hurricane – fine art storage with Museo Vault.
How Museo Vault Can Protect Valuables from a Hurricane – Our Track Record
Any storage facility can claim they’ll protect your art, but we have a track record of doing so.
While many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed during hurricane Irma’s fierce attack on Florida, there were many that survived.
One of them was the Museo Vault facility. The reason for this is due to the fact that our facility has been built to withstand hurricanes, just like most fine art buildings, like the Perez Art Museum in Miami.
To protect fine art from weather, we have installed gas generators to maintain the temperature and humidity of the facility. We also made sure to build this facility 18 feet above sea level, which protects the building and all its valuable contents from storm surges.
We’ve also taken steps to ensure that the building can withstand a category 5 hurricane, with wind gusts of over 157 miles per hour.
Storing your precious artwork at Museo Vault will give you peace of mind this hurricane season.
Start Preparing Now to Protect Your Valuables
A lot of people put off until tomorrow what they can and should do today. They think they have more important things to take care of and that they’ll get to everything else at some point down the line.
The problem with this is that they never seem to get to certain things, like finding a way to protect valuables from a hurricane.
Your artwork is an important investment. Not only is it valuable from a monetary standpoint – it’s emotionally valuable as well.
There was something about the pieces you’ve collected over the years that spoke to you, something that intrigued you enough to purchase them. They mean something to you.
And if they’re lost in a hurricane, that loss can be financially – as well as emotionally – devastating.
Take some time to do something to protect your valuables now, before the 2018 hurricane season hits its peak.
Would you like to learn more about our facility and our fine art packing and crating services? Contact us today to schedule a tour, during which we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.