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Storm Series: How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

The 2015 hurricane season officially begins June 1, but already there is activity in the tropics. Do you know the hurricane season tips to adequately prepare your family and home for the upcoming weather?

Hurricanes can produce dangerous conditions:

  • Winds in excess of 155 mph
  • Tornadoes and microbursts
  • Flying debris
  • Heavy rainfall
  • Storm surges
  • Floods
  • Mudslides
  • and more…

Don't wait until a hurricane comes your way. Prepare ahead of time with these hurricane season tips:

  • Keep supplies handy.
    Dedicate storage for a three-day supply of water, dried or canned foods, and other essentials. Not sure what you need? Consult FEMA’s emergency supply list. Having the right supplies is among the top hurricane season tips.
  • Unplug electronics – even if you have a surge protector.
    This is the best protection against surge-related damage.
  • Check for leaks.
    Check doors, windows, and walls, such as areas where cables and pipes enter, for openings that could allow water to penetrate.
  • Prepare for long-term outages.
    Consider purchasing a generator. It doesn’t have to be the pricey, whole-house version. Even one that’s big enough to run a refrigerator and plug in a few essentials can really make life easier. Consider what you can’t live without if you were to be without electricity for a few days – such as a sump pump or well pump – and select a model that best fits your needs.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery.
    Trim back any branches touching your home. If they rub your roof, they could pull parts of it off in a storm. Keep trees well pruned to allow wind to pass through with minimal damage and debris. Consider re-grading around trees to strengthen the ground and give roots something to cling to.
  • Clean gutters.
    This could prevent potential roof damage and flooding inside your home.
  • Clear clutter.
    Prevent items from flying off to Oz. Get rid of items you are no longer using, which can turn into projectiles. Bring lightweight outdoor items such as patio furniture, plants, toys, and trashcans inside.
  • Secure your home.
    Highly recommended are window shutters (not the pretty ones – the ones that protect your glass), roof clips (to hold your roof on – it is NOT too heavy to fly away), and garage door braces (to keep your garage door from blowing away). Anchor fuel tanks as well. Ensure all items are professionally installed.
  • Verify insurance coverage.
    Avoid the wind and water debate. Check your homeowner’s policy and purchase additional flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program to ensure you have adequate protection if necessary.

Do you have a plan?
You and your family should know - in advance - where to go when a storm comes. Make a plan now, including a safe evacuation route inland, the location of official shelters, and a safe off-site place to meet in the event you are separated. Don’t forget necessary medications and emergency plans for pets as well! Heed these hurricane season tips and evacuate if you live in a the following high risk homes:

  • Mobile or manufactured home
  • On a coastline or offshore island
  • Near a river or flood plain
  • In a high-rise

Are you prepared for hurricane season? Rainbow International® can help before the storm hits with professional board up and tarp over services as well as after the storm in the event of water damage or content cleaning. Contact us for help securing or restoring your home today.

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