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How to Hurricane-Proof Your Home

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No home is safe from a hurricane. But do what you can to ensure the survival of your home while you and your family (hopefully) sit the storm out in a bunker. Preparation is the most important part of survival. You want to anticipate all possible problems with practical solutions. In today’s post, we are listing down ways to keep your home hurricane-proof:

Securing All Openings

The most vulnerable parts of your home are the windows and doors. By securing all openings, your home becomes even more secure in the most punishing of winds. Start by using impact-resistant shutters or glass for the windows. Make sure the doors are durable enough to take on flying debris and high winds. Get shutters with tracks so you can easily shut any opening in case of an approaching storm. Before the storm sets in, check all locks and make sure they are working properly. Do repairs immediately.

Clearing the Premises

High winds could hurl debris and slam them straight into the home like a rain of bullets. Don’t give the storm any ammunition. Clear out debris from the premises. Trim the trees, remove dead branches and bring any patio furniture inside. Remove anything that can be blown around by the wind.

Securing the Roof

When the winds are strong, they can easily pull apart any structure. And usually, the roof is the first to go. Make sure your roof is nice and secure. If it’s prone to flying, do not wait until a hurricane comes to take your roof. We recommend using a code-mandated, construction fastening system to improve the durability of your home. Get tie-downs and lateral anchors, hold-downs, embedded connectors and other fasteners to secure the roof.

Securing the Garage Door

Again, any opening in the home is a weak spot. That includes the garage door. If any opening gives way, the wind can easily tear into the home and right into the roof. Reinforce the garage door by installing braces or forces. These braces could deflect the strength of the wind, preventing the door from giving way.

Checking the Gutters and Downspouts

The last thing you want is to deal with a flooded basement after being awake for 18 hours in the middle of a harrowing storm. Check the gutters and downspouts, clear any debris and make the necessary repairs. Make sure there is no obstruction in the gutters so water can flow freely during the storm. Do all these before getting a storm advisory. Then, perform visual checks regularly.

Keep the Power On

Usually, the power goes out before and during a hurricane. To keep the power on, we recommend investing on a power generator. You don’t have to install a whole-house system. A small generator to power basic appliances is good enough. Keep in mind that generators are very noisy. Some states have laws in place for installing generators in residential areas. Make sure to check the rules before installing a generator.

Keeping Basic Supplies

Keep the pantry loaded with enough basic supplies to last you for days. Get a lot of candles, batteries, food with long shelf life, clean water, and first aid kits. Add portable lights, radio and walkie-talkies just in case. Keep the power banks full to power mobile devices. This way, all lines of communications are open during and after the storm.

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