26 Apr 2016

protect-yourself-and-home-hurricane-stormPeople react differently to storms and hurricanes. For some of us, a storm can actually be quite exciting and as long as we’re safe, warm and dry indoors, it can be almost soothing to hear the weather outside. For others, however, this can be a highly frightening experience and one that leaves us anxiously watching the window and unable to relax.

Either way, it’s important that you know what to do during a storm. Furthermore, you need to know what to do before a storm in order to ensure that you stay safe. Read on to find out some of the best ways to protect your home and to prevent a storm from causing any damage…

Have a Storm Safety Kit

If you live in an area where the weather can be violent and unpredictable, then it’s a very good idea to create a storm safety kit for yourself. This kit will provide you with all the supplies that you need in order to see you through the worst weather.  You should keep this somewhere in a plastic box with a sealed lid. At the very least, this kit should include:

  • Flashlights
  • Food supplies
  • Basic first aid
  • Extra batteries
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Blankets
  • Bottles of water
  • Battery operated radio

Knowing the Drill

It can also be useful to know what you’ll do in the case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss with your family where and how you’ll seek shelter. It’s always important to stay indoors but if the storm is particularly severe, you may choose to retreat to the basement. Make sure your family knows what to do!

Windows

One of the weakest and most vulnerable points of any home during a storm is the windows. Make sure that you have installed suitable hurricane windows to keep your property as secure as possible and to prevent damage that might cost a lot to repair. Storm shutters can also be useful to provide an additional layer of support against storms, as well as security.

Note that the quality of the installation here is just as important as the windows themselves. Use a reputable company with good reviews such as East Coast Windows (for the South Florida area) and be sure that your home is well protected!

Roofing

Another vulnerable point is your roof. Consider using shingles rated as Class 3 or 4 by UL 2218 or FM 4473. This will mean they can withstand harsher weather without being damaged. This is also important to protect the rest of your property, as roof tiles can be very dangerous when thrown by strong winds.

Think About Your Garden

In your garden, it pays to keep storms and winds in mind when choosing furniture and plants. Maintain your trees by removing weak branches that might get broken off. Likewise, replace rock or gravel landscaping and think about nailing down your furniture. A little work now can save a lot of problems in the long term!