Assessing & Reducing Your Hurricane RisksNo other weather event in the U.S. compares to the strength and overall devastation of a hurricane. Hurricanes combine the most violent weather patterns into one massive storm system - flooding, storm surges, torrential rain, thunder, tornadoes, and devastating wind. The wide-spread devastation left behind by a hurricane is heart-breaking yet awe-inspiring.
Most hurricanes are identified and tracked by meteorologists days in advance, allowing you valuable time to prepare for evacuation or sheltering-in-place; however, identifying and eliminating potential hazards months in advance of a storm can help reduce loss of life and property.
Consider taking the steps below to reduce the risk of damage during a hurricane:
- Have a plan in place to secure your glass windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. An alternative option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Keep in mind, tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame's structure to reduce roof damage.
- Trim trees and shrubs around your home and remove any dead or hanging branches.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Have a supply of sand bags available to stack against doors.
- Determine how and where to secure your vehicles and boat.
- Consider building a safe room or storm shelter.