Preparing your home for a hurricane
Is your home ready for a hurricane? Here are some tips from the federal government’s preparedness website, Ready.gov , to help you prepare your property for a bad storm and keep your family safe during one.
- Trim and/or remove damaged trees and limbs. Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Keeping your trees well-trimmed is vital.
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts. You’ll also want to and clear any clogged rain gutters to prevent water damage to your property.
- Have your roof inspected. Make sure your roof is in good shape. Consider retrofitting to secure and reinforce your roof, windows and doors, including the garage door.
- Consider purchasing a portable generator. Invest in a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and never try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
- Consider a safe room. A FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter is designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.