How to Prepare Your Home For a Hurricane
Over the past two decades, the weather has become more severe in all parts of the world. Flooding, wildfires, and hurricanes are no longer an unusual news story. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June until November. For anyone that lives in a coastal country or state, the danger of a hurricane tearing through your community is very real.
If you’re a homeowner that lives inland, you may have an advantage being further from the coasts that often take the brunt of a hurricane, but that doesn’t mean that you can completely sustain damage to your home during a hurricane. If you aren’t ordered to evacuate your area and are riding out a storm, there are some things that you should do to prepare yourself and your home.
From making sure that your Generac standby generators are working smoothly, to gathering all the necessary emergency information about your area, here is a list of tips to help you prepare your home for a hurricane.
In the modern world, we have access to information at the touch of a button. If you live in an area that could be at risk for a hurricane, it’s important to stay informed about the weather. Choose a reliable weather app that will keep you alerted to developing conditions and the projected path of any large storm.
Talk to your local emergency agency about what evacuation plans are in place. Find out if there is a place in your neighborhood where you can shelter if things get dangerous.
No material item is worth putting yourself in danger from a hurricane. Make sure that your home insurance policy covers hurricane damage. This may be a specific clause that you need to have added to your coverage. Take photos of all of your belongings. These pictures can help you when dealing with insurance claims after the hurricane. Make a complete inventory of all of your things to go alongside the photos.
72 Hour Supplies
Large storms like the most recent Category 5 Hurricane Laura can cause catastrophic damage when they hit the mainland. The effects can be felt for hundreds of miles outside the center of the storm. It’s very possible that thousands of people will be without essential utilities for a few days minimum after a hurricane.
It is vital to have enough basic supplies to survive the first 72 hours after a disaster level storm. You will need to have bottled water, non-perishable food supplies, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and a generator. Don’t forget to put supplies aside for your family pet. Each family member should also carry a small backpack with basic supplies if you are forced to evacuate in a hurry.
The winds of a Category 3 hurricane can reach over 125/mph. If you have anything outside on your porch or balcony, it needs to be brought in or tied down. The power of the winds will be the cause of much of the damage done to properties during a hurricane.
Remove furniture from in front of all your windows in case the winds break any of your windows. Unplug all of your non-essential appliances to protect them from surges during the storm.
Living through a hurricane can be terrifying. Make sure that you pay attention to the weather reports, follow the recommendations of your county about evacuations, and follow these tips to help you prepare your home for a hurricane.