How to Prepare Your Home for A Hurricane or Tropical Storm

 

Do you live in a hurricane-prone area? If you live in any of the Gulf states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas), the answer is “YES.”  When you live in a hurricane or tropical storm zone, preparedness is the #1 priority to protecting you and your family from injuries (or worse) and reducing the extent of the damage to your home.  Here are some helpful suggestions for how you can prepare yourself and your home in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Be prepared for power outages – the high winds of a hurricane can wreak havoc on phone and power lines.  Trying to survive by candlelight during power outage isn’t fun.  So, you might want to consider purchasing a generator.

Clean out your rain gutters – it’s important that you keep these clear so the rainwater can flow away from your home, without splashing up under the roof and causing damage underneath the covering.

Create an evacuation plan – this is one of the first things you should do, if you live in one of the states mentioned above.  This plan should include:

  • An emergency destination
  • Contacting shelters to ensure they’ll have room for your family and pets
  • More than one route to your emergency destination

You should also inform other family members as well as close friends of your plan and where you’re headed.  Make sure you have some extra cash on hand and a full tank of gas in case there is a fuel shortage and power are out.

Make or purchase sandbags – severe flooding should be expected and although the sandbags won’t prevent 100% of the flood damage, they will help to divert flood waters away from your house. It is best to strategize the placement so that there is lower amount of water that might come in.

Make sure outdoor items have been secured – the last thing you need to be doing is running around frantically at the last minute gathering up outdoor furniture as the storm is bearing down on you.  Don’t forget about the BBQ grill, dog house, patio furniture, etc.

Put together an emergency kit – this should contain enough non-perishable foods and water for 3 days, a first aid kit, all prescribed medications, important documents and paperwork, a flashlight, and a weather radio with batteries.

Read your homeowner’s insurance policy carefully – make sure you understand the coverage you have and if you’re protected if a hurricane destroys your home. Also, take pictures of the inside and outside of your home and all your belongings.

Protect your family, home, and everything inside – if you haven’t done so already, consider having impact doors and windows installed by V&V Windows.  This will create an extra layer of protection for you, your loved ones, and your belongings.  For more information, call us today (305) 888.4151. We offer free estimates for your impact windows and doors.