What is your preparation plan should a hurricane strike?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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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.
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:
If after visually inspecting your roof, you suspect roof damage is the case…
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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