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How to Protect Your Property
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a storm.
A list will help you remember anything that can be broken or picked
up by strong winds. Hurricane winds, often in excess of 100 miles
per hour, can turn unanchored items into deadly missiles, causing
damage or injury when they hit.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Make trees more wind resistant
by removing diseased or damaged limbs, then strategically remove
branches so that wind can blow through. Hurricane winds frequently
break weak limbs and hurl them at great speed, causing great damage
when they hit property. Debris collection services may not be operating
just before a storm, so it is best to do this well in advance of
- Remove any debris or loose items in your yard. Hurricane winds
can pick up anything unsecured, creating damage to property when
the winds hit. We all need to be on the lookout for removing these
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Hurricanes
often bring long periods of heavy rain. Providing clear drainage
will help prevent misdirected flooding.
- Install permanent hurricane shutters. Hurricane shutters provide
the best protection for your windows and doors. Taping windows
could take critical time from more effective preparedness measures.
All tape does is help prevent glass from broken windows from scattering
all over inside. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Cover
the outside of windows with shutters or plywood.
- If you do not have permanent hurricane shutters, install anchors
for plywood (marine plywood is best) and predrill holes in precut
half-inch outdoor plywood boards so that you can cover the windows
of your home quickly. Mark which board fits which window. Note:
Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows
is not recommended. Most homes destroyed during recent hurricanes
had no window protection. When wind enters a home through broken
windows, the pressure builds against the walls and can lift roofs,
followed by collapsing walls.
- Install protection to the outside areas of sliding glass doors.
Glass doors are as vulnerable as windows to breakage by wind-driven
- Well ahead of time, buy any other items needed to board up windows
and protect your home. When a hurricane threatens, supplies are
quickly sold out at many stores. Stock may not be replenished until
after the storm.
- Strengthen garage doors. Many houses are destroyed by hurricane
winds that enter through damaged garage doors, lifting roofs, and
destroying the remainder of the house.
- Have an engineer check your home and advise about ways to make
it more resistant to hurricane winds. There are a variety of ways
to protect your home. Professionals can advise you of engineering
requirements, building permits or requirements of local planning
and zoning departments to provide the most effective protection.
- Elevate coastal homes. Raising houses to a certain height will
make them more resistant to hurricane-driven waters. There may
be many local codes affecting how and where homes can be elevated.
Meet with your emergency manager or planning and zoning official
for a description of the process to have your home elevated. There
may also be community funds available for such measures.
- If you live in a flood plain or are prone to flooding, also
follow flood preparedness precautions. Hurricanes can bring great
amounts of rain and frequently cause floods. Some hurricanes have
dropped more than 10 inches of rain in just a few hours.
National Disaster Education Coalition:
American Red Cross http:www.redcross.org
USDA CSREES www.csrees.usda.gov
The Disaster Center disastercenter.com
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