In North America the Atlantic hurricane season begins in early June and runs all the way through November. There are, on average, roughly ten named hurricanes each season. However, there are many more smaller storms.

Hurricanes can affect regions up and down the eastern part of the U.S., but coastal areas are particularly vulnerable. Whether you live in a coastal area or plan to vacation there someday it’s important to know the steps involved in preparing a home for a hurricane.

Keeping up with maintenance

Much of the damage caused by tropical storms could be prevented if proper maintenance was carried out. Make a habit of cleaning your gutters periodically. Similarly, keep objects that could be blown away (or against your windows) secured down or inside your home.

Make sure your windows are secure. Use waterproof caulk and replace the weatherstripping on your windows when they become worn.

Storm preparedness

Before you start checking your windows and gutters, there are a few things you should do to prepare you for the storm that will keep you safe.

  • Buy enough supplies to last the storm. You don’t need to prepare for the apocalypse with stockpiles of ramen noodles. But it is a good idea to store some basic staples and water in your pantry.
  • Build a storm kit. In a sturdy, waterproof bag put two flashlights, a utility tool, a small first aid kit, an extra charger for your phone, and some cash.
  • Look up safety information for your area. If you live in a coastal area there are probably evacuation routes that you should familiarize yourself with before the storm hits.

Battening down the hatches

If a storm is imminent, here are some things you should do to temporarily make your home safer against the rain, wind, and debris associated with strong tropical storms.

  • If meteorologists predict the storm to be severe, consider reinforcing windows and roofs
  • Put head and foot bolts into the door frame
  • Rent or buy a small generator for use when the power goes out. Be sure to gas up all of your vehicles and the generator the day before the storm
  • Nail down loose shingles on your roof
  • If you have a garage, park your cars inside and bring in any outdoor furniture that could become a danger to your home or your neighbors.
  • If you don’t have a garage, cover your vehicles and strap the covers down securely
  • Use garage door braces if necessary
  • Let friends and family know where you will be when the storm arrives and plan to contact each other after the storm
  • Snap some photos of your home to use for proof of damage

During the hurricane

Once the storm arrives your work is far from over. There are several steps you should take inside your home to stay safe.

  • Stay inside your home for the duration of the storm
  • Keep away from windows and doors
  • Report any damage to your home
  • Be wary of dangerous, post-storm road conditions

 


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