11 Ways on How to Protect Your Property from Wind, Flood, and Storm Surge

The City of Jacksonville is always looking for ways to protect our community.

One of the biggest ways is through a Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS). 

Mitigation (according to FEMA) is defined as…

“The effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disaster and other hazards.

For mitigation to be effective, you need to take action now—before the next disaster.

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) determined in a 2018 Interim Report that every $1 invested in protecting your home can save up to $6 in damage expenses.

Wind, flood, and storm surge are the 3 biggest hazards that are common to Florida. Below are some mitigation projects that you might need to address before the storm. 

How to Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

  • 1. Consider installing storm shutters for all large windows and glass doors
  • 2. Consider a new roof with hurricane-rated shingles, or standing seam rated metal
  • 3. Make sure roof is fastened to the structure with hurricane straps or clips
  • 4. Install head and foot bolts on double entry doorways
  • 5. Use a security deadbolt with one-inch minimum bolt on all exterior doors
  • 6. Consider hurricane-resistant doors, or reinforce existing doors with brace kits (available at most hardware stores)

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How to Protect Your Home From Flood & Storm Surge

  • 7. Keep gutters and drains free of debris
  • 8. Stockpile emergency protective materials such as sandbags
  • 9. Elevate water heater, electric panel, and heating/cooling systems if susceptible to flooding
  • 10. Dry Floodproofing, which means making a building watertight through the use of waterproof membranes, backflow valves, and other measures
  • 11. Wet Floodproofing, which means modifying uninhabited portions of your home to allow floodwaters to enter and exit

Plan ahead and don’t be caught unaware.

Know the hazards, make a disaster plan with your family, and assemble an emergency supply kit. Take time now to learn more about designated shelters and identify your best sources for up-to-date emergency information.

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