5 Tips to Help Prepare Your Home For A Hurricane

What is your preparation plan should a hurricane strike?

Admit it.

Most of us are procrastinators when it comes to storms.

Believe it or not…the level of preparation before a hurricane can determine how well you overcome the storm, and how quickly you recover from it.

You should start preparing your home NOW, long before a storm is in the forecast.

In the event of a hurricane…you can never be too prepared.

That’s why protecting your loved ones and your property from extreme weather such as hurricanes should be your top priority.

Let’s go over some helpful tips on what you can do to prepare your home for a hurricane.

But first, I want to go over the difference between a “hurricane watch” and a “hurricane warning”.

You may often hear these terms in your local forecast.

Understanding the difference between them… is essential to helping you prepare for a hurricane.

As soon as a hurricane watch or warning is forecast for your area — it is important—  depending on the type of alert, to immediately begin or complete your preparations.

Hurricane Watch

A “watch” means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. You should begin to stock up on emergency supplies in the event a warning should be issued. If you live in a coastal area, you should also be prepared to evacuate.

Hurricane Warning

A “warning” is more serious. Hurricane-force winds (74 mph or higher) are expected to hit your area within 36 hours. You should seek shelter or evacuate, if notified to do so.

5 Tips to Help Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

1. Avoid Water Damage

Heavy rains have the potential to cause significant water damage. These tips can help you prepare your home.

  • Close and lock all windows and doors and remove any window air conditioner units
  • Remove valuable items from your basement or elevate them off of the floor
  • Clear debris from exterior drains and gutters
  • Repair damaged gutters and downspouts to make sure water can drain away from your foundation
  • Check your sump pump and the battery backup to confirm they are working properly

2. Monitor Your Trees

Trees can be a hazard in a powerful windstorm. Broken limbs, fallen trees, even uprooted shrubbery could damage your home and fences, or your neighbor’s property. Routinely maintain the trees around your home:

  • Prune tree limbs within 10 feet of your home
  • Check for cracking or splitting in trees
  • Remove dead limbs and weakened trees

3. Roofs, Doors, Windows and Skylights

It is important to keep wall openings, such as doors, windows and skylights protected.

The roof, doors, and windows of your house are especially vulnerable to wind damage. When houses are exposed to hurricane-force winds, the rooftops are most susceptible to damage, including the skylights, followed by walls and other openings.

Strengthen doors and windows:

  • Install reinforcing bolt kits at the tops and bottoms of doors
  • Reinforce garage doors (braces can be found at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, and can also be purchased online.)
  • Install storm shutters, plywood, or OSB over the windows
  • Cover your window glass with hurricane film. Hurricane film is an affordable transparent plastic that you can leave in place year-round.
  • Keep your windows closed during a Storm
  • Do Not put duct tape over your windows

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4. Secure Outdoor Items

Because Florida is in an area that experiences high winds, outdoor items around your property that are not properly anchored can become airborne and cause damage.

  • If high winds are expected in your area, move as many outdoor items inside your home or garage before the high winds arrive.
  • Do not store propane tanks in your home or garage
  • Adequately secure any remaining outdoor items that cannot be safely moved to other protected areas.
  • Disassemble, and store any large lightweight objects such as trampolines, carports, shade canopies, umbrellas etc.

5. Strengthen Your Exterior Structure

During a windstorm, forces can be carried from the roof down to the exterior walls…

…and then to the foundation.

If proper controls are not in place, homes can be damaged when the wind and wind-driven rain gets forced through, and under building’s exterior walls.

Strengthen exteriors by employing a contractor to:

  • Install hurricane straps to reinforce roof-to-wall and wall-to-foundation connections
  • Retrofit soffits to help ensure they remain in place in high winds
  • Properly brace roof trusses

If after visually inspecting your roof, you suspect roof damage is the case…

…DON’T WAIT!

The sooner it is taken care of, the less the damage will spread, and the fewer expenses the homeowner will encounter.

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Better to be safe than sorry, and it’s always better to prepare sooner than later. 

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