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.

Eco-Friendly Roofing Made Simple

Asphalt shingles are the standard material used on residential roofs. While they effectively serve the intended purpose, they also put an increased burden on our already fragile environment.

“There are alternatives that are equally aesthetically pleasing and eco friendly.”

Many people feel that standard shingles themselves are a large investment; implementing eco-friendly roofing material into the job seems like a waste of money. What they fail to realize, however, is that the right combination of quality roofing material and proper insulation converts over the lifetime of the roof into savings on heating and cooling costs. Choosing the right green roofing material involves careful consideration of the quality of the material.bigstock-House-And-Scale-Energy-Efficie-13239215

 “Darker colors can actually raise the overall outdoor temperature due to the heat absorption they promote.”

Little consideration, if and any, is often put into the color they choose for their roof beyond what they find pleasing to the eye. It is worth noting, however, that darker colors can actually raise the overall outdoor temperature due to the heat absorption they promote. Larger cities with a high percentage of dark roofs, for example, will often register an increased high temperature on a sunny day than surrounding smaller communities. This speeds up the already looming problems posed by global warming, and it requires people to further strain the environment through increased power demand to cool warm houses. Opting for a lighter colored roof is always an excellent choice with any material.

There are a couple of options for those considering implementing green roofing materials into their upcoming roof job. Metal is a popular choice due to its increased ability to reflect sunlight which significantly reduces utility costs, but they are expensive to transport and require a lot of energy to produce. Wood, another green option, is also a good insulator, but its natural tendency to frequently inflate and compress makes it more prone to damage.

Clay is an excellent material to utilize on a new roof. It is a terrific insulator, fire resistant and perfect for reflecting damaging sun rays. The initial price tag tends to scare off potential customers, but they fail to keep in mind the money it will save over time. Recycled materials can also be used to create a beautiful new look while maintaining the environment.

Choosing to spend the time and consideration in implementing green roofing materials is a wise, eco-friendly step to take. This small yet considerably significant favor to the environment, when implemented by enough people, can make an enormous difference in the world our children will live in tomorrow.


Prep Your Roof For Winter

It may seem like Florida goes straight from summer to winter, from hot and muggy to cold and dreary but there are some preparations that you should consider for your home before the seasons change and you get left behind.


You should decide what to do with all of your summer clothes. In Florida, you may not want to put all of your summer clothes up right away but sweaters and jackets will replace the majority of your shorts and t-shirts. It is also a good idea to wash your clothes before you store them away for several months. Pack your clothes with some kind of freshener to keep them smelling good during the winter months.

When it begins to get really cold here in Florida, you may decide that you want to store your patio furniture (which may not be a bad idea). Before you put your patio furniture away for a month or two, remember to vacuum all of the moisture off. This prevents your furniture from growing mold on it and smelling funky. Another tip is to trim back the branches before the fall foliage starts to fall. This will save you lots of time when leaves and small branches start to fall because you have already handled that.

Clean your roof off of any leaves and make sure that any patchwork that needs to be done gets done before the cold months arrive. Even though here in Florida snow is an unlikely visitor, you never know. We do get slush sometimes and that can be hard on your roof. You have to be careful of that cold rain that could stick for just a little bit. You should try and clean out your gutters and possibly try and keep up with it during the winter months. Those leaves are going to be coming down like crazy in October and November and it tends to rain more as well. Let your gutter start out this season all cleaned out.

If you have a fireplace try and clean out your chimney as well and get it ready to be used. It is also important to look at all of the windows in your home and see if they need to be sealed tighter than they are. The last thing you want to do is allow of that warm air in your home to escape out into the cold. That makes for a high-energy bill!

When your fall checklist is done, you can sit back with your family and enjoy this beautiful weather that fall brings.