Tips to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane power winds can flip landscaping supplies into missiles that may break home windows and doorways. Much of the property injury related to hurricanes happen after the windstorm, when rain enters buildings by means of damaged home windows, doorways, and openings within the roof.

 

Preparing earlier than a hurricane can assist you handle the affect of excessive winds and floodwaters. The steps outlined beneath will assist maintain you and your loved ones secure whereas defending your house and property. If you’re a renter, speak along with your landlord or property supervisor in regards to the steps you’ll be able to take collectively to guard your self, your loved ones, your house, and your property.

FEMA locations a powerful emphasis on constructing codes as a result of they improve public security and property safety. See what the constructing codes are on your zip code at https://inspecttoprotect.org/ 

 

While getting ready your house to guard in opposition to hurricane injury is undoubtedly an expense, you are able to do it in levels.

  • Replace gravel or rock landscaping supplies with a fire-resistant materials which is lighter and will not trigger as a lot hurt.
  • Cut weak branches and timber that would fall on your own home and maintain shrubbery trimmed.
  • Install storm shutters to guard your home windows from breakage. Alternately, match plywood panels to your home windows, which might be nailed to window frames when a storm approaches. Read about one survivor’s story with storm shutters at https://www.fema.gov/case-study/storm-shutters-create-feeling-security             
  • Make certain exterior doorways are hurricane proof and have no less than three hinges and a useless bolt lock that’s no less than one inch lengthy.
  • Sliding glass doorways needs to be manufactured from tempered glass and, throughout a storm, coated with shutters or plywood. These kinds of doorways are extra weak to wind injury than most different doorways.
  • Replace outdated storage doorways and tracks with a door that’s permitted for each wind strain and affect safety. Wind coming into your house by means of a gap this huge pose grave issues for the remainder of your house—particularly your roof.
  • Seal exterior wall openings comparable to vents, out of doors electrical retailers, backyard hose bibs and places the place cables or pipes undergo the wall. Use a high-quality urethane-based caulk to stop water penetration.
  • If you reside in a cell dwelling, be sure to know how you can safe it in opposition to excessive winds and make sure you evaluate your cell dwelling insurance coverage coverage. Find out extra at https://www.iii.org/article/mobile-home-insurance. Reminder: cell houses should not secure in excessive winds, and you will want to maneuver to a safer place earlier than a storm hits. Always comply with the recommendation of your local people officers.
  • If you might have a ship on a trailer, know how you can anchor the trailer to the bottom or home—and evaluate your boat insurance coverage coverage. Find out extra at https://www.iii.org/article/boat-insurance-and-safety.  
  • For the most recent info on Hurricane Ida go to fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion 6/.

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