CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Brett Cox lost most of his belongings in Hurricane Irma when his roof collapsed. Leaving the house covered in mold. Now he shares lessons learned for this hurricane season.
Cox, a full-time musician said what he lost is irreplaceable.
“Losing my personal music stuff was pretty devastating,” he said. “There were guitars and amplifiers that I can’t re-buy.”
And he said he can’t even replace things that weren’t antiques.
“Without flood insurance, you’re kind of in a bind,” he added.
He said he got about $10,000 from FEMA, but it wasn’t nearly enough to cover the damage to his home. He said his landlord is looking at a $65,000 renovation and $12,000 to repair the roof alone.
He said this time around he’ll have a generator, and waterproof containers for his valuables.
Patrick Fuller with Charlotte County’s Emergency Operations Center said we hear it all the time during hurricane season, but it’s important to remember what you need to have ready if a big storm comes our way.
“At least 72 hours worth of disaster supplies. That’s nonperishable foods, one gallon of water per person per day. Any maintenance medications they need to get them through. Important documents,” he said. “Ensure that they have their insurance policies, birth certificates, things like that.”