Hurricane Season: Is Your Home Ready?
Preparing your home for a hurricane is an essential part of emergency preparedness during the hurricane season. Even if your area is evacuated, it is important to know that you have done everything you can to keep your home secure. If you live in a coastal region, then here is what you need to know about protecting your property when the storm winds begin to blow.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Every home should have an emergency kit that is equipped with all of the necessary supplies needed to survive a disaster. Ideally, your kit should be stored in a place in your home that is easily accessible at a moment’s notice. Plan to include at least three days of food, water and personal hygiene supplies for each member of the family.
Secure Outdoor Furniture and Equipment
In a hurricane, winds can exceed 150 miles per hour and can easily toss heavy outdoor furniture and lawn equipment. Minimize the damages caused by belongings being tossed about in the wind by securing outdoor equipment in a locked garage or other sturdy shelter. Then, be sure that tree branches are trimmed away from the house and that the roof is secured to the house frame.
Cover All Windows
Boarding up windows is a common strategy used to minimize damage to homes during hurricane season. FEMA recommends installing permanent storm shutters or using boards made from 5/8” marine plywood for the best results. According to FEMA, simply taping your windows will not be enough to prevent breakage during a hurricane.
Clear Rain Gutters and Spouts
Keeping water away from your home as much as possible will also help to minimize flood damage. Because hurricanes often occur during the fall and winter seasons, it is common for rain gutters and downspouts to be full of leaves. Clear these out so that water will be directed away from your home.
Although hurricanes can cause serious damage to a home, there is usually plenty of warning ahead of time that will allow you to make the proper preparations to secure your property. By taking the time to board up your windows, clear the perimeter of your property and assemble a disaster kit, your home will be ready should a hurricane strike this season.