There are many things you can do to possibly avoid excessive damage to your home if a hurricane should impact your community. First it is important that you have prepared your home before the storm makes landfall. The most important areas to focus on are:
- A clean landscape yard is a good place to start prepping for a storm. All lawn furniture or decorations should be secured or affixed to ensure that it stays put in high winds or flooding. Trim any loose or weak limbs from trees around the property, as they can become airborne in the midst of it all.
- If you do not have Impact Glass Windows, be sure to board up your windows or close your hurricane shutters to dodge broken windows from hurricane force winds.
- Reinforcing your doors, especially a garage door is key to escaping massive damage.
- If possible, Seal or reinforce your roof with clips since it is one of the first to go when the winds start to pick up.
- Consider installing flood vents in your crawl space to allow water to flow freely. Many of the homes in this area are on stilts to avoid the possibility of collapsing due to the high water pressure from hurricanes or flooding.
Being prepared before a storm, alleviates stress and hopefully damage when it’s all said and done. Don’t forget to make sure your insurance policies are up to date, in the event your reinforcements were unsuccessful and be safe!