How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Dated: June 3 2021

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A hurricane is characterized by a cyclone of thunderstorms, violent winds, and torrential

downpours. The intense winds can turn tornadic and cause a lot of damage. Authorities

use the Saffir-Simpson scale to measure a hurricane’s category.

Unfortunately, hurricane season in Florida runs from June 1 to November 30 and

threatens home owners with high-speed winds, torrential rain and other serious

weather. To avoid a last minute scramble when the first named storms roll in, take extra

precautions to prepare your home for the first storms of the season.

Here’s a list of ways you can prepare your home for hurricane season in Florida.

Surge Protection

Power surges are critical problems during a storm and can happen at any time, leading

to damaged electronics and appliances. Add a surge protector to your electrical board

and use power strips with built-in surge protection in your home. Bear in mind that

your HVAC system, including the air conditioner and furnace, will also require

protection.

Protect Your HVAC System

Protect your outdoor AC unit against airborne debris, dirt, dust, and projectiles. When

these environmental pollutants or allergens accumulate in the unit, it can cause

significant damage to the system, leading to reduced overall health and lifespan of the

unit.

Because an HVAC system is an expensive piece of equipment in your home, any damage

to it can void the warranty. Make sure you purchase a protective cover approved by the

manufacturer to protect the system. Avoid using DIY solutions, such as a garbage bag, to

prevent moisture accumulation inside the system.

Do Away With Debris

Although it is not possible to clear out the entire neighborhood of heavy unstable

branches and other debris, you can remove or secure many things around your property

to avoid airborne projectiles. These things include low-hanging tree branches or limbs,

lawn furniture, toys, and other debris. Ask your friends or family members to help you

remove debris and secure objects. If you can’t do this yourself, make sure you hire a

professional debris removal company.

Store Plywood

Many homeowners in Florida don’t have shutters to protect windows from airborne

projectiles. Whenever a storm is announced, many people rush to the hardware store to

stock up on plywood to cover their windows, this often leads to a shortage. Throughout

the year, stock up and store plywood in a garage or shed to use during hurricane season.

This will save you the added stress of rushing to the store before a storm. Better yet,

store your wood year after year so that you have a set hurricane protection process in

place.

Seal Doors & Windows

Sealing doors and windows is an excellent way to prepare your home for hurricane

season. Leaky windows and doors allow water to seep in and cause damage to the

internal structure of your home. When you seal windows and doors, your home will

become more energy-efficient too, which is an added benefit during hurricane season.

Clear Drains & Gutters

Remove debris from your gutters and downspouts to prevent water from seeping in and

collecting around your property, especially the indoor space. A clean gutter will prevent

damage to your home’s attic, basement, and garage during a severe storm.

Focus on Collecting Essential Items

You can ride the storm out at home depending on its strength or where it lands.

Therefore, we recommend having everything you need to protect yourself and your

family at home. For instance, purchase at least three to four flashlights with spare

batteries, prepare a first-aid kit and have enough non-perishable food and water supply

to last at least two weeks.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Sometimes, the storm worsens, and can cause significant damage to the property and

neighborhood, forcing residents to leave town and seek shelter. If there is a mandatory

evacuation, make sure you have already established a plan of action.

When developing a plan, focus on the evacuation route and choose shelter locations

where you can stay safe and comfortable with your family. Don’t forget to focus on

having enough supplies, including water, food, first-aid, and medication for your family

members and pets. Here is an essential checklist:

● Get a hurricane emergency kit

● Check Your Homeowners Insurance

● Maintain Outdoor Areas

● Get Ready when the authorities announce the storm

● Stock Up On Sandbags

● Prep Your Pool

● Five gallons of water for every family member

● Food supply for 3-5 days

● Batteries and flashlights

● Medicine and first aid kit

● Extra gas for generator and grill

● Fill the gas tank in your vehicle

● Turn your refrigerator down

● Monitor news for the latest updates

Final Words

Hurricanes are often unpredictable, intense, violent and can take a massive toll on your

property, especially if you fail to make necessary preparations. There are many ways to

prepare your home and family for a major disaster long before the storm looms on the

horizon. The tips and tricks given above can help you prepare for the worst.

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