Natural disasters don’t wait around to strike when you’re ready--in fact, they often come around when there are many other things on your to-do list. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prevent hurricanes from wreaking havoc on your property.
Keep your Yard Kempt
Make sure that any trees and shrubs are trimmed regularly. Well-trimmed plants have a greater wind resistance than overgrown greenery and will be more likely to remain intact through a storm.
Clear your gutters and drains on a regular basis-- a clogged water drainage system is useless if it is clogged during any type of rain storm. Drain systems can be severely damaged if they’re already clogged when a big storm begins. Get the value out of the technology in your landscape by maintaining it.
Secure any outdoor furniture--consider temporarily moving your outdoor furniture into a garage or shed. If left unsecured, outdoor objects may become dangerous weapons in strong wind.
If you have important belongings near windows inside your home, secure them in less exposed areas of your home. In the event that wind or water enters your home, a hall closet or bathroom on an upper floor offers better protection from hurricane damage.
Windows should be covered with either permanent storm shutters or cut-to-fit plywood. It’s a good idea to have window covers ready long in advance. Having all of the supplies necessary ahead of time reduces stress and saves time when you’re in the midst of getting your house ready to brace a storm.
Know Where to Go
Have a designated safe place for your family to stay during the hurricane--consider a bathroom, hallway without windows, or basement. If you live in an area where hurricanes are frequent, you may want to consider installing a storm shelter and/or a generator.
Prepare your safety spot with a weather radio, non-perishable food items, and blankets and pillows for comfort and communication during the storm.
Hurricanes are not a force to be reckoned with, but with proper preparation, you can keep your home and family safe, secure, and comfortable during a storm. Preparing in advance can save you thousands of dollars. Call our experts today if you’d like some advice!