Hurricane Preparedness: Prepare for a Hurricane Before Arrival

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. . . Be Smart Be Prepared

Hurricanes destroy property and communities, they destroy family homes and even lives, and although there’s no way to stop a hurricane, there are ways in which to prepare your property before the hurricane arrives which can help with a bit of “damage limitation”. That’s about all we can do, damage limitation, but it can be very effective just the same.

Preparing For a Hurricane – Damage Limitation

  • Hurricane Proof your property. One of the major areas of damage in a hurricane storm is the windows . . . and permanent storm shutters do provide the best protection for your windows, normal blinds or shutters won’t do the trick.  If you don’t have permanent hurricane storm shutters fitted then you can do a little DIY instead, a sheet of 5/8″ marine plywood to board up your windows might not look pretty but can still be effective. Have it cut and ready to install before the hurricane warnings start.
  • Hurricanes can also wreak havoc to the roof of your property – install additional clips or straps to ensure that the frame structure is securely fastened to the roof. This really will reduce the chances of roof damage to your property.
  • Hurricanes are also pretty handy at uprooting trees and shrubs before hurling them towards a property. Make sure that all of the shrubs and trees around your home are well trimmed and as safe as possible.
  • Hurricane storms bring with them lots of water . . . make sure that drains, downspouts and gutters are unblocked and ready for action.

Hurricane Storms are mighty and scary, and . . . well, they’re mighty scary . . . make sure that your family and your property are prepared to give you a chance to survive the next hurricane storm emergency.


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