8 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

We are approaching the peak of the hurricane season and that can only mean one thing – strong winds, heavy rain and severe flooding. And under these conditions, there is likely to be significant damage to your home, which is not surprising when you consider what your property is exposed to. Hurricanes can create flying debris as well as disrupt your electrical systems. In extreme situations, hurricanes can even damage the structure of your home, which can be irreparable.

Unfortunately, hurricanes simply cannot be avoided if you live in an area where they happen frequently. However, the good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce the impact these tropical storms have on your home. And when you factor in the cost of a potential repair, these methods can save you some serious money. Here are 8 ways to prepare your home for hurricane season.

1. Bring something loose indoors

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First of all, look outside your home to see what could potentially be blown away by strong winds. Move anything loose indoors, like plant pots, garden furniture, and even a doghouse. The last thing you want is for one of them to hit the window at the worst possible moment.

For anything that can’t be moved indoors, make sure it’s securely fastened so there’s no problem. Use a steel or other strong cable and tie individual items together and then secure them to the floor with a tie-down ring. Keep in mind that there is never an anchor that is 100% hurricane proof, so always carry items inside if at all possible.

2. Cut down trees and bushes

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Now that you’ve cleared out the obvious rubbish, it’s time to consider any potential rubbish. Much of the damage caused by hurricanes is caused by weakened branches and foliage, so check your trees and shrubs for weaknesses.

Trim any small, weak branches using a pair of the best pruners. Don’t forget to also check the durability of small trees – if they can be easily uprooted, they too can turn into flying debris. Strengthen them by anchoring them to the ground.

3. Invest in storm blinds

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Now it’s time to turn your attention to your home. Its most vulnerable points will be any openings, namely windows and doors. Federal Emergency Management Agency (will open in a new tab) recommends installing storm shutters on all windows for an extra layer of protection. If storm shutters are out of your budget, you can alternatively nail plywood to your windows for a cost effective solution.

FEMA goes on to state that any exterior doors must also have hurricane-proof features, such as a deadbolt lock and at least three hinges. These changes won’t come cheap, but treat them as an investment to prevent further damage.

It is also important to pay attention to the condition of the garage door. If your garage door has seen better days and feels loose, replace it or it could pose a serious danger to your home.

4. Check your roof

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While most of us check the security of doors and windows, many of us forget to consider the condition of the roof. If shingles are missing or cracked, chances are that during high hurricane winds the situation could get worse, leading to leaks and costly repairs.

Bank rate (will open in a new tab) says you should check your roof before hurricane season. If a repair is needed, decide it ahead of time, whether it’s repairing cracks or fixing loose tiles. You can also install hurricane ties for extra protection for your roof. They essentially attach the truss or roof rafters to the walls to increase its strength.

5. Protect your barn

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When returning to the street, do not forget that any outbuildings, such as barns, must be properly protected. Otherwise, he, and everything inside, can be dangerous. Cover all openings where possible and make sure it is securely planted to the ground and locked tight. Some recommend anchoring awnings by anchoring the structure to concrete underground. You can also use hurricane ties as mentioned above.

If you have a pool, be sure to remove the pool cover before the hurricane hits. It may seem reasonable to leave the lid on, but under these conditions it is easy to tear and even blow off. Protective cases are better weighted and more likely to withstand a hurricane, but even those can be damaged too easily, so just leave them on.

6. Invest in a generator

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If you’ve experienced a hurricane before, you probably know that you can lose power later on. This can cause all sorts of problems – no light, no cooking and no heating, sometimes for days at a time. But, if you invest in a home generator or a portable generator, you will have access to energy until everything is settled and your energy is working again.

Keep in mind that depending on the type of generator you have installed, you may need access to fuel to run it. This means that you may need to store fuel at a safe distance from your home if you are not using a gas pipeline. If you’re asking yourself if getting a home generator is worth it, here are the pros and cons.

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7. Gather supplies

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You need to be as prepared as your home, so it’s important to stock up ahead of time to ride out the storm. This means plenty of non-perishable food and medicines, as well as bottled water.

You must fill the tub and sink with water to be ready for a power outage. This way you will still have access to it if you need to wash dishes or flush the toilet.

8. Get insurance

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Unfortunately, even if you take every precaution, there is still a chance that your home could be damaged by a hurricane. Therefore, just in case, it makes sense to take out the necessary insurance. If you already have a policy, review it to make sure it gives you the coverage you need, such as flood insurance.

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