Securing Your Home from Damage

Family Safety Plan

Include a plan for you and your family just in case of emergency.

Personal

Making sure that you’re safe during a storm is the main priority when getting prepared. more

Family

The safety of you and your family is just as important especially if you have children or elderly relatives. more

Pets

If your family includes pets and you are asked to evacuate to a shelter be sure that the shelter takes pets. more

Protecting a Single-Family Home

When it comes to protecting your single-family home during a hurricane, there are several measures you can take:

Clear the surroundings:

Trim any overhanging branches or trees that could potentially damage your home during high winds. Secure loose outdoor items or move them indoors to prevent them from becoming projectiles.

Reinforce doors and windows:

Install hurricane shutters or use plywood to cover windows and glass doors. Reinforce entry doors with additional locks or braces to prevent them from being blown open.

Secure the roof:

Check the condition of your roof and ensure that it is properly maintained. Repair any loose or damaged shingles and secure rooftop equipment to prevent them from being dislodged during the storm.

Clean gutters and drains:

Ensure that gutters and drains are clear of debris to allow for proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can contribute to water buildup, leading to potential water damage.

Consider a generator:

Investing in a backup generator can provide power during outages and help keep essential systems running, such as refrigeration, lighting, and communication devices.

Family Safety Plan

Include a plan for you and your family just in case of emergency.

Personal

Making sure that you’re safe during a storm is the main priority when getting prepared. more

Family

The safety of you and your family is just as important especially if you have children or elderly relatives. more

Pets

If your family includes pets and you are asked to evacuate to a shelter be sure that the shelter takes pets. more

Protecting an Apartment or Multi-dwelling

If you live in an apartment or multi-dwelling complex, the following steps can help protect your property:

Review the building’s hurricane plan:

Familiarize yourself with the hurricane preparedness plan established by your building management. Understand evacuation procedures, designated safe areas, and emergency contact information.

Secure windows and balcony doors:

If you have access to storm shutters or panels, install them over windows and glass balcony doors. Follow the guidelines provided by your building management regarding approved methods for securing these areas.

Communicate with neighbors:

Establish a communication network with your neighbors to share important information and support one another during the storm. Look out for vulnerable residents, such as the elderly or individuals with disabilities, and offer assistance if needed.

Follow building management instructions:

During a hurricane, closely follow the instructions and guidance provided by your building management. This may include temporary evacuation to a designated shelter or specific actions to be taken to secure common areas.

Plan for power outages:

Prepare for potential power outages by having a portable battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries. Stock up on non-perishable food, water, and essential medications.

Securing Windows and Doors

Properly securing your windows and doors is crucial to protect your property from hurricane-force winds. Consider the following measures:

Install hurricane shutters:

Invest in hurricane shutters that are designed to withstand strong winds and flying debris. These shutters can be permanently affixed to the exterior of your home or manually installed when needed.

Use impact-resistant windows:

If your budget allows, consider installing impact-resistant windows. These windows are designed to withstand strong winds and flying debris without the need for additional shutters.

Reinforce doors:

Strengthen entry doors by installing deadbolts and reinforcing strike plates. Consider using reinforcing bars or braces on garage doors to prevent them from buckling under wind pressure.

Secure sliding glass doors:

Install impact-resistant film or shutters specifically designed for sliding glass doors. These measures can prevent the glass from shattering during high winds.

Protecting Outdoor Items

To protect your outdoor items and prevent them from causing damage during a hurricane, follow these steps:

Bring indoors:

Move lightweight outdoor furniture, grills, and potted plants indoors to prevent them from being blown away or causing damage. Store them in a secure location, such as a garage or basement.

Secure heavy items:

Anchor down heavy outdoor items that cannot be brought indoors, such as patio furniture or large planters. Use tie-downs, bungee cords, or straps to secure these items to a sturdy structure, such as a tree, fence, or anchored ground fixture. Make sure the attachments are tight and secure, minimizing the chances of them being lifted or toppled by strong winds.

Disassemble and store:

If possible, disassemble larger outdoor items, such as swing sets, trampolines, or gazebos, and store them in a safe location. This reduces their vulnerability to wind damage and prevents them from becoming airborne projectiles.

Trim trees and shrubs:

Trim back any overhanging branches or limbs that could potentially break off during a hurricane. This reduces the risk of them falling onto your property or causing damage to nearby structures. Additionally, remove any dead or weak trees that could easily topple in high winds.

Secure fences and gates: Ensure that fences and gates are in good condition and properly secured. Reinforce them if necessary by adding extra support posts or braces. This helps prevent them from collapsing or being blown open during the storm.

Cover outdoor equipment:

Use protective covers or tarps to shield outdoor equipment, such as grills, lawn mowers, or bicycles, from wind, rain, and debris. Secure the covers tightly to prevent them from being blown off. If possible, store these items in a garage or shed for added protection.

Store gardening tools:

Safely store gardening tools, such as shovels, rakes, and trimmers, in a secure location. These tools can become dangerous projectiles if left out during a hurricane. Place them in a locked shed or garage, or store them indoors.

Secure outdoor decorations:

Take down any lightweight outdoor decorations, such as wind chimes, flags, or hanging ornaments. These can easily become airborne during high winds and cause damage to your property or neighboring structures.

Clear drainage systems:

Ensure that gutters, downspouts, and storm drains are clear of debris. Clear any clogs or blockages to allow for proper water flow and prevent water from backing up and causing flooding.

By taking these measures to protect your outdoor items, you can minimize potential damage and hazards during a hurricane. Remember to start these preparations well in advance of the storm to ensure you have enough time to secure everything properly. Stay informed about local weather updates and follow any instructions or recommendations from local authorities to ensure your safety and the protection of your property.

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