Hurricane season always requires your full attention. By preparing your home, it becomes better equipped to deal with mother nature. Both new and old homes have weak areas that require extra care. To ride out the storm, use these ten tips to improve your home.
10. Check For Debris Outside
Outside debris will get picked up by the wind and crash into your home. Remove any dead branches on your property, even if it has significant weight. Any trash like cans, bottles or wrappers should also be removed since it will be the first to get caught in the wind. These small items can get lodged in small areas and cause blockages in drains. Any patio furniture needs to be bolted down or brought inside until the hurricane passes. There are plenty of sources for finding out more information about dealing with debris during a hurricane.
9. Have All Of Your Supplies Ready
Having a couple of cans of food won’t really do much good beyond a couple of days. Hurricane prep doesn’t require going into full survival mode, but keeping the basics on hand is mandatory. Bottled water, canned or packaged goods, candles, and batteries are all at the top of the list. If anyone in your home has a prescription, make sure that they have extra available. At a minimum, you want a months’ worth of supplies on hand that is free from spoilage concerns.
8. Prioritize Strong Designs
A house that wasn’t designed with strong winds in mind will have many weak points. Homeowners that are building their homes from scratch have an advantage. Areas that are known for hurricanes need to have homes that are reinforced for strong winds. Some states even have codes in place that make it mandatory to have specific hurricane preparedness with home builds. Depending on the year a home was built, these new designs may not be in place. Make it a point to keep your home up to code so that bad design doesn’t cost you thousands.
7. Landlines Are Still Valuable
In a world full of cell phones, it seems silly to talk about the value of a landline. During a power outage, a landline won’t be tethered to an electrical power source. Even when the cell towers go down, a landline will still be going strong so that you can check on friends and family. As a backup, it is hard to beat the reliability of a traditional landline. If your home doesn’t use landlines, then consider keeping a small USB battery backup for your smartphone.
6. Not All Doors Are Made Strong
Your garage door doesn’t have the same stopping power as the front door. Garage doors are weak spots for a hurricane. Homeowners need to be aware of that when putting their cars and supplies in the garage. One powerful wind can damage your hurricane emergency supplies and means of transportation. Roof damage can be caused if the garage doors break and let the wind wreak havoc on your interior. Just like regular doors, the garage needs to be reinforced to withstand the force of hurricane winds.
5. Block Off The Windows And Doors
Windows are the weakest part of your home during a hurricane. Even if you spend extra money to make them impact-resistant, windows still need to be protected from strong winds. Shutters that are closed should be fastened and secure to keep them from flapping in the wind. When you make improvements to the door, heavy is always good. A strong door and windows with extra reinforcements will help out tremendously during extended periods of the hurricane.
4. Check The Latest Forecasts
Everything can change in a matter of minutes. Even if the path of a hurricane stays consistent, there are a lot of local happenings that can change your plan. Electrical cords being down, roads being closed even emergency announcements can all affect your plans. Despite the rise of modern electronics, radio is still the most reliable way to keep up with local weather news. If the internet and power are not available, turn to the radio to stay up to date with a hurricane forecast.
3. Flowing Water Should Not Be Blocked
Water has to go somewhere, so pay attention to blockages. Floods can cause serious damage to a neighborhood and home. Sometimes it can be prevented by checking the gutters and downspouts. A quick inspection will let you know if there will be any blockages that can cause problems during a storm. During this check, you can also look for debris around the area to remove.
2. Prep Your Family For The Worst
None of these tips will matter if the people in the home are not aware of them. Print out a hurricane plan and make sure all family members have a copy. They should all know where the supplies are, and what to do when a hurricane knocks out power. The last thing you want to do is deal with a house full of panicked people that don’t know what to do. During a hurricane, it can be a really lonely experience when you’re cut off from the rest of the world.
1. Get A Generator
A generator should be your top purchase to deal with a hurricane. This is especially true if you live in a smaller home since it is cost effective. Generators are easy to set up and will kick on automatically when the power is cut. Depending on what size you get, your family can ride out the entire hurricane using generator energy. This is also helpful in a mental sense and will lower the panic level during a heavy hurricane.
Try to do as much as possible to prep a home for hurricane season. You never know when a small adjustment can save you thousands in damage. Hurricanes are unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you have to be caught off guard.