02 Nov 10 Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Homeowners
According to the National Hurricane Center, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season has been the costliest and most active since 2012. And, it’s not over yet.
Flooding, storm surge, and high winds can cause serious property damage and even property loss. When it comes to hurricanes, the best protection against property damage is preparation. That is why this month, IRS Repair brings you 10 tips that will help you prepare your home for a hurricane.
Tip #1: Determine Your Risk
Large storms can exceed hundreds of miles in diameter and their impact can be felt inland. So, even if you do not live in a coastal area, your home may still be affected by wind and water hazards.
Find out what types hazards could affect the area in which you live, and start preparing for how to handle them.
Tip #2: Prepare Your Hurricane Plan
Early planning is the best defense against an approaching hurricane. Homeowners should sit down and go over a hurricane plan with their families ahead of time. Decide where you will ride out an impending storm, or if you live in an evacuation zone, pick an evacuation destination.
Tip #3: Review Your Homeowners Insurance Policy
While homeowner policies generally cover damage from wind and rain, most do not cover damage from flooding. Don’t forget to review your homeowner’s policy ahead of time and make sure you understand what is covered and what isn’t in the event of storm damage.
Make sure you have enough coverage and don’t forget to take “before” pictures of your home for insurance purposes.
Tip #4: Prepare an Emergency Kit
A basic hurricane emergency kit should include the following items:
- Water, at least one gallon per person, per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Tip #5: Develop an Evacuation Plan
Identify evacuation routes and find a friend or family member outside of your immediate area that could shelter your family in the event of an evacuation. Don’t forget to make a plan for your pets as well, as most shelters will not accept them.
Tip #6: Prepare Your Home
Preparing your home to withstand high winds and rain can mean the difference between minor and major repairs. Protect your windows with aluminum shutters or plywood and inspect your roof for any missing or loose shingles.
We advise that homeowners check the caulking around windows and doors as well and bring any lawn furniture, grills or other items that could be picked up by strong winds, inside.
Tip #7: Prepare Your Vehicle
Move your vehicle away from trees or other objects that may damage it in a storm. Park your car in a garage or other covered structure, if you have one and avoid water damage by keeping your vehicle away from any low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.
Tip #8: Stay Informed on Any Updates
Stay tuned to local information sources such as local emergency radio or TV channels to stay updated about evacuation orders in your local area.
Tip #9: Fill Your Bathtubs
Water supplies are often affected during hurricanes, so fill any bathtubs, washing machines, and other large containers with water to ensure that you have enough water for drinking, cleaning and flushing the toilet.
Tip #10: Find a Safe Place
Most importantly, keep you and your loved ones safe during the storm by staying inside and away from any windows and doors. A closet, hallway, or small room on the lowest level of your home is generally the safest place to weather a storm.
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