When a hurricane is on its way may be too late to begin your hurricane preparations. It’s far less stressful and easier to manage if you begin long before a storm is even spotted. That way, when the storm comes, you can protect your family with confidence and the calmness they’ll need. So don’t wait. Begin your preparations now.
How to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane
Serious storms are unpredictable and severely destructive. While no plan can prevent all hurricane damage, you’ll be in a much better position with planning than without. You’ll weather the storm better and mitigate the risk of damage. Get started with the following hurricane preparation tips:
What’s your evacuation plan?
Hurricanes are notorious for bringing storm surges, or abnormal flooding caused by storm winds. For this and other reasons, you may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Begin by checking with your local government to see if you live in a hurricane evacuation area. Next, identify at least 2, if not 3, different evacuation destinations. It’s important to have more than one in case of road closures and debris blocking your way. Familiarize yourself with each drive and location when the weather’s good. Even if you do not live in a storm surge area, you still need an evacuation plan.
Update your insurance.
Review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. Many don’t include flood insurance, but you can purchase it at an additional cost. If you live in an area where hurricanes are common, consider buying flood insurance.
Secure roof, porches, and carport.
Your roof is your primary defense against the elements. If there are holes or weak spots in the roof, wind and/or water may get through and cause considerable damage. Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles or tiles. Make sure everything is is secured and sealed. If you don’t already have them, consider adding metal roof straps to secure your roof to the walls of your home. Make sure all posts supporting your porches and carports are anchored securely to the ground.
Seal and secure all windows, doors, and holes.
The seals around your doors and windows can get damaged over time from the wear and tear of regular weather. Reinforce all seals to ensure no water leaks into your house. If you’ve had cable or other services installed, you likely have wires going into the side of your house. In order to install them, they had to punch holes through the outside walls. Seal these holes with inexpensive caulk to ensure no water leaks in.
Strengthen garage door.
Your garage door could be blown in by the high-powered winds a hurricane brings. Once the winds and rain come inside your garage, there’s no limit to the damage they can bring. Your garage doors can be reinforced with vertical garage door braces and horizontal wooden beams.
Clear and secure outside grounds.
If you have furniture and other items in your yard that could be picked up and tossed around by the wind, move them indoors. Inspect the trees on your property. Remove any damaged trees and limbs and trim your remaining trees to keep limbs from flying in the high winds.
Backup all electronic data.
It’s a good idea to have all your data from all electronic devices backed up offsite. There are many affordable cloud storage options that will keep your data secure and protected from flooding and other storm-related damage.
Store extra copies of important documents.
Make copies of all your proof of ownership for the property and vehicles you own and any other important documents. Store them in a hurricane proof location.
Restock/prepare your emergency kit.
It’s important to have a hurricane kit prepared and restocked each year just in case you need it. It should include a first aid kit, a hand-crank or battery-powered radio, extra flashlights and batteries, a whistle to use as a help signal, local maps, extra water and imperishable food items, an extra mobile phone charger, and extra blankets and clothing.
After the Storm
Sometimes, even with the best planning, major storms till cause significant damage to home and property. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, finding a general contractor you can trust is essential.
Preparation is the First Step
Waiting for a hurricane to hit is too late to begin hurricane preparations. It’s best to start now so you can be calm and confident when disaster strikes. Use this guide on how to prepare your home for a hurricane to get started.
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