5 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Season

It’s that time of year again. Hurricane season is less than a month away. If you live anywhere near the coast — especially here in Florida — then it’s never too early to start preparing. Even if you plan on being safe and evacuating when a major hurricane rolls around, you want to have a home to come back to. That’s why you need to secure your home beforehand.

Here are five things that you can do to prepare your home for hurricane season:

1. Have A Plan
This is less about your home and more about you. Having an emergency plan in place beforehand will help you make smart decisions during an emergency. Know where you’re going to go, how you’re going to get there, and how you’ll communicate if anyone ends up getting separated. As you’ve seen in so many prior hurricane seasons, conditions can change. Hurricanes can rapidly intensify overnight or make a sudden turn towards your direction. Your plan will ensure that you can take action immediately even if you’re caught off guard.

2. Catch Up On Your Yard Maintenance
Letting the yard get a little messy? That can be dangerous during storm season. During a hurricane, debris from your yard can be picked up and tossed at speeds upwards of 100 mph. More than enough to break your windows or put a nice, big hole in your wall. So, now would be a good time to catch up on that yard work. Make sure you:

  • Clean out your gutters
  • Trim back trees and bushes
  • Remove unnecessary yard clutter

Keep this up and your home will be significantly safer during a major hurricane.

3. Secure Doors And Windows
Keeping the wind out of your home should be a high priority. Make sure windows and doors are sealed and reinforced to withstand hurricane-force winds. Pay special attention to your garage door if you have one. While it may seem sturdy, your garage door is actually the most vulnerable spot in your home. They are big, light, and built out of weak materials. Everything you don’t want during a hurricane. To rectify this, consider installing a new, storm-rated garage door. If you want to keep your current door you can at least install braces that will help it better withstand wind.

4. Prepare For Power Outages
During hurricane season, power outages are frequent and often extended. Some areas can go without power for weeks at a time. even if the storm itself wasn’t particularly bad. Getting caught without power like this is the last thing you want, but if it does happen you should be prepared. Make sure you have an emergency generator, gas reserves, and plenty of non-perishable food ready to go.

5. Check For Leaks
Leaks are bad news year-round, but during hurricane season even minor leaks can become major problems. The torrential rain that even small tropical storms bring with them will worsen current leaks and create new ones. That’s why you need to identify and fix these problem areas beforehand.

It wouldn’t hurt to bring in an expert for this. Using tools like infrared technology, they’ll be able to spot these minor or potential issues more effectively. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you do it in a timely manner. Hurricane season is almost at your doorstep and time is not a premium. Hopefully, it will be an uneventful few months. If not then at least you’ll be prepared.

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