Hurricanes and tropical storms are deadly forces that can have catastrophic consequences. This guide will provide you with helpful information about how to prepare your home for a hurricane and protect your family and home in the event of a storm.
How to Prepare your Home for a Hurricane
- Board windows – windows are one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. Protect them by boarding them with proper plywood to prevent breaking or install window shutters if there is time. (watch the video below for a DYI tutorial)
- Board and blockade doors – you want to prevent your door from flying open. Board it up with plywood or block the handle to prevent strong winds from taking it down.
- Purchase seals for watertight protection for doors and windows.
- Check for loose siding on your home and secure it if necessary.
- Remove all “flyables” from outside – patio furniture and outside décor can turn into dangerous projectiles with hurricane force winds. Bring all of that inside as well as bikes, children’s toys etc.
- Moor your boat, trailer, gear and supplies.
- Move items that absolutely cannot get wet to higher ground.
- If you need to evacuate, turn off all utilities and disconnect any electrical items in the home. Water and electricity don’t mix – so anything left connected is a fire hazard.
- Take a home inventory – your personal belongings are also at risk in a storm. Because of this, documenting your personal possessions is recommended. Having a home inventory makes filing a home insurance claim simpler and can expedite the claims process.
- When assessing the damage, document everything with photographs for insurance claims.