It's That Time Again: How To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Posted on: 25 July 2018

With hurricane season in full swing, now's the time to make sure you're prepared for the next one that rolls through. After all, you never know when a serious F4 or F5 hurricane is going to come through. The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard. If you're not sure what you should take to get your home, and yourself, prepared for the next hurricane, here are some steps to help get you started.

It Starts with the Windows

If you live in an area that experiences hurricane-force winds, the first thing you need to do is make sure your windows are ready for action. Windows are the first thing to go during a hurricane, especially if they haven't been upgraded, or covered. If time and budget allow, you need to have impact windows installed on your home. Impact windows can withstand those hurricane-force winds that blow through. If installing impact windows isn't an option this season, be sure to have a supply of heavy-duty plywood on hand. Plywood can be installed over your windows to prevent damage during a hurricane.

Make Your Roof More Secure

Hurricane-force winds can also destroy your roof. In fact, depending on the severity, hurricane-force winds can actually lift the roof right off your home. Luckily, roof straps can stop that from happening, if you have them installed soon enough. While you're waiting for the next storm to come through, have your roof equipped with hurricane straps.

Put Lawn Furniture and Toys Away

As soon as you receive the warning that a hurricane is expected, you need to put away all the lawn furniture and outdoor toys. Those items can become airborne during a hurricane. Not only can they damage your home, they can also injure other people. To avoid that, move everything you can into your garage. If you don't have room in your garage, consider moving some of the smaller items into the house with you, or up into the attic.

Get Your Car Ready for Action

You never know when a hurricane is going to require you to evacuate. If the order to evacuate comes, you want to make sure that you're ready to leave at a moments notice. The best way to do that is to get your car ready for action in advance. Gas is going to be difficult to find once the evacuation order is given, so make sure you fill up the tank as soon as the hurricane warning is issued. You should also put a change of clothing, emergency bedding, and 72-hours worth of food and water in your car.