How to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane
Hurricane Prone Areas in the US
Here are the most hurricane prone areas in the United States:
- New York
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- Puerto Rico
Hurricane Prone Areas Outside of the US
- The Carribean
If you live in any of the above mentioned areas, you need to know how to get your home for a hurricane. You should also keep it in good condition so that it can safely face hurricane force winds.
Parts of Your Home That Should Always be In Good Condition
- Your roof
- Your windows
- Your garage door
How to Protect Your Windows
New hurricane shutters are a smart investment for you home. They'll help keep your windows intact during a hurricane and therefore will decrease the chances of hurricane force winds getting in your home and rampaging your roof. In fact, a lot of the roof damage that was caused during Hurricane Andrew was because people didn't have proper shutters on their windows.
Outdated Hurricane Preparation Advice You Shouldn't Follow
If you lived in Florida in the 90's you may have been brought up on the following. Forget all of it and don't do it. It's just not right. So, without further ado, don't do any of the following to get your home for a hurricane:
- Tape your windows to keep them intact if they are hit by debris.
- Keep your windows open to equalize the pressure in your home.
So, yea, don't do either. Tape will not reinforce your windows by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, you'll just end up with huge pieces of glass flying around your home. If you keep your windows open, you'll let in hurricane force winds in your home, and as we said before, that's the opposite of what you want to happen.
Since we're on the topic of what not to do during a hurricane, let us kindly remind you to never, ever bring your generator in your home. That's a very unsafe idea, so just forget it.
General Hurricane Preparedness Tips
- Have 3 days worth of water in your home for everyone in your family. This includes cats and dogs as well.
- Have 3 days worth of non-perishable food for everyone in your home. This also includes your pets.
- Have 3 days of your family's medication ready. This definitely includes your pets as well.
- Have plenty of flashlights, candles, lighters, and matches.
- Have aspirin and anti-diarrhea pills.
- Have wet wipes and deodorant.
- Have entertainment ready that doesn't require electricity.
- Have a storm radio.
- Bring in patio furniture and hanging baskets.