Hurricane Season: How to Prepare Your Home

Hurricane Season: How to Prepare Your Home

Hurricane season is upon us and while I don’t personally experience them here in Southern California, all of the southern and eastern United States are always on alert for the next big storm. From July to September homeowners prepare for any impending storm that may wreak havoc on their homes, and boy do they know how to prepare. So, if you are new to that side of the country or you are simply curious how people prepare, here are some tips to get yourself prepared for the next hurricane.

While these tips and tricks are a good place to start, make sure to do more research and talk to people who have experienced a hurricane themselves. They will be your best resources and they will give you tips that may be specific to your neighborhood or home. The best part about this list is you can start preparing your home right now. No need to wait until a couple of days prior to the storm. Fortify your home today so you can be prepared tomorrow. Let’s begin!

Make Plans


  1. Develop a Family Emergency Plan


The cornerstone of hurricane preparedness is a well-thought-out family emergency plan. Sit down with your family members and discuss the various scenarios that might unfold during a hurricane. Determine evacuation routes, designate meeting points, and establish clear communication channels. Make sure every family member knows how to reach each other, especially if separated. If you have pets, include plans for their safety as well. Having a solid plan in place ensures that everyone knows what to do and where to go should a hurricane strike.


Develop Emergency Kits
  1. Create a Home Emergency Kit


Assemble a comprehensive emergency kit that can sustain your family for at least 72 hours. Include non-perishable food items, bottled water, prescription medications, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, a multi-tool, important documents (such as insurance policies and identification), and personal hygiene items. Place the kit in an easily accessible and waterproof container. Regularly check and update its contents to ensure everything remains in usable condition.


Reinforce Wulnerable Areas
  1. Reinforce Vulnerable Areas


Inspect your home for vulnerable areas that could be compromised during a hurricane. Reinforce windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood. Consider installing impact-resistant windows and reinforcing garage doors. Clear gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage, minimizing the risk of flooding. Trim tree branches and secure outdoor items that could become projectiles in high winds.


  1. Evaluate Your Insurance Coverage


Review your homeowner's insurance policy to ensure you have adequate coverage for potential hurricane-related damages. Standard policies may not cover flood damage, so consider purchasing a separate flood insurance policy. Understand the details of your coverage, deductibles, and claims process. Document your home's condition before the storm by taking photos or videos, which can help expedite the claims process afterward.


  1. Secure Important Documents


Gather and safeguard important documents in a waterproof and fireproof container. Include identification, insurance policies, medical records, birth certificates, and legal documents. Consider storing digital copies in a secure cloud-based service or on a portable hard drive that you can take with you if you need to evacuate.


Reserve material
  1. Stock Up on Supplies


In the days leading up to a hurricane's expected arrival, stock up on essential supplies. This includes non-perishable food items, bottled water, baby supplies (if applicable), pet food, and hygiene products. Be mindful of potential shortages, and avoid waiting until the last minute to purchase these items.


  1. Evacuation Planning


If authorities issue an evacuation order, prioritize your safety and that of your family. Follow recommended evacuation routes and guidelines. Pack your emergency kit and take necessary supplies with you. Turn off utilities before leaving your home and lock all doors and windows. Stay informed about the storm's progress through official channels and local news.


  1. Reinforce Your Roof


A well-maintained and reinforced roof is essential during a hurricane. Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles, and replace any that are compromised. Consider installing hurricane straps or clips to secure your roof to the frame of your home. Reinforcing your roof can prevent it from being lifted off during high winds.

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