FEMA recognizes Bradenton homeowner ready for being hurricane ready

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 17:11:26-04

BRADENTON, Fla. — Bradenton Resident Debbie Korell is being recognized by FEMA for her hurricane preparedness. A few years ago she spent about $7,000 on shutters and doors.

“You can easily price justify the cost of the shutters in just a few years,” said Korell.

She said her insurance premiums dropped by more than  $1,000 per year after installing the new hurricane features. FEMA reps saw the upgrades she made. 

“They were like 'wow we are impressed, you actually did the stuff we tell you to do,'” said Korell.

She said her home didn’t have any damage from Hurricane Irma, but that wasn’t true for her neighbors.

“There were all kinds of roofs with damage, my next door neighbor's was blown off,” said Korell.

Hurricane season starts in about a week. Korell said it’s smart to begin planning for potential storms now.