How to Prep for Hurricane Season

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Hurricanes are known to leave behind devastating consequences, especially for those who weren’t prepared long beforehand. They not only can rip families apart but can completely obliterate homes in just a matter of minutes. While preparing your home for a hurricane may cost you a significant amount of money upfront, not having the right insurance policy when left with the damage could end up costing you a whole lot more.

I have a few tips that I’d love to share with you so that isn’t your story. Here’s more on how to prep for hurricane season. “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli

Have an Evacuation Plan

Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what the best route is for you to take to quickly get out of town. Plan your evacuation route well in advance, especially for those of you who live in mobile homes. Be sure that everyone in your family is on board with where you all should meet if it happens when you’re all in different locations. 

It’s also helpful to know where your nearest shelter is in town and how to get in touch with any family members who live further away from the danger area to see if they’d be willing to accommodate your family during the evacuation period. In case you missed this post, 12 Types of Natural Disasters

  

How to Prep for Hurricane Season

Protect Your Home 

When hurricane speed winds begin to blow through your area, those winds can take harmless objects and turn them into powerful weapons that cause major devastation to your home. That is especially the case if those landscaping items create an opening in your windows, doors, or roof. While protecting your home from a hurricane won’t be cheap, I’d encourage you to at least consider doing it in phases. 

Cut Down Weak Branches and Trees

The last thing that you want is for a leaning tree or a huge branch to come crashing down on your home or on top of your car that’s parked out in your driveway. Tree removal can cost a lot of money upfront, but it could wind up costing you more if you turn a blind eye to it. Also, be sure to remove branches that are weak or hanging low, and do your best to keep your shrubs trimmed and in good shape.  

Consider Tempered Glass

Sliding glass doors are extremely vulnerable during a hurricane. With tempered glass in place, you’ll have one less thing to have to worry about. 

Storm Proof All Exterior Doors 

Every exterior door that’s around your home should be more secure by having a minimum of three hinges along with a deadbolt of no less than one inch. 

Install Storm Shutters

To keep your windows from breaking, consider installing storm shutters that will provide them with much-needed protection before the hurricane season is upon you. If this option is already a little too late or costs more money than what you can currently afford, you can also nail plywood panels to the frames of your windows as a temporary solution.  

Replace Old Garage Door

It may be time to replace your old garage door and have an updated one installed that has impact protection and can handle extreme wind pressure. If high winds are able to find an opening in your home, especially with an old garage door, it can cause a lot of damage to other areas of your home.  

Repair Loose Shingles

Make sure that your roof is prepared for the heavy winds and rain by using ring-shank nails and cement to protect any shingles that may have come loose. 

Avoid Using Gravel or Rock Landscaping

Those of you who live along the coast should consider using mulch as landscaping around your home. Rock and gravel landscaping only provides hurricane winds and raging waters with harmful projectiles that can break through your windows. 

Anchor Your Boat or Trailer

For those of you who have a boat or trailer sitting out in your driveway, you need to have some way to anchor it down so that it doesn’t decide to move in with you along with the rising floodwaters. Also, take a look at your insurance policy to make sure your boat and trailer are covered.   

Stock Up On Emergency Supplies Ahead of Time

Don’t wait until the storm is only a day or two out and then decide to head to the store for some last-minute supplies and meals. Everyone else will have the same idea and you may not find what you’re looking for. Make sure that you have at least a 3 day supply of nonperishable food that doesn’t necessarily require cooking. The same goes for drinking water. You’ll need at least one gallon of water per person for each day. Here are a few other items to have in your emergency kit:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Portable crank weather radio
  • First aid kit
  • Basic tools 
  • Extra building materials (emergency house repair)
  • Medications you take on a consistent basis 

Go Over Your Insurance Policy

Most insurance policies don’t cover flood damage, which is a pretty bad thing for those of you who live in areas that could be affected by a hurricane. Be sure that you go over your insurance policy and add any additional coverage, along with wind protection and wind-blown water damage with your insurance professional.  

Keep Your Important Documents Protected and Secure

Another thing that I’d strongly encourage you to do is to have all your important documents kept in a waterproof safe or container. That way you can quickly grab all your important information if you have to evacuate in a hurry. This includes marriage and birth certificates, social security cards, insurance papers, and also any valuables that you want to keep with you.  

Take Inventory 

Taking an inventory of all the valuable possessions in your home is important for a number of reasons. For starters, it will determine whether you have adequate enough insurance coverage for all of your belongings. An inventory will also help speed up your claim and make sure that you’re receiving enough for your losses. 

It will also come in handy if you have to apply for disaster aid. Your inventory checklist should be put alongside your other important documents and taken with you if you’re forced to evacuate. This is an important part of learning how to prep for hurricane season.

How to Prep for Hurricane Season

Final Word

For those of you who live in certain parts of the country that deal with hurricanes on a regular basis, don’t wait around until it’s too late. Prepping and planning well in advance could very well wind up saving one of your family member’s life or protect your home from the damage that could have been prevented. How do you prep for hurricane season? May God Bless this world, Linda. 

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6 thoughts on “How to Prep for Hurricane Season

  • November 10, 2020 at 2:22 pm
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    As we watch Tropical Storm Eta just a spinning off the southern coast of Florida before it heads our way in NW Florida by the weekend, this article is very timely!

    For those using plywood to cover windows, look for Plylox clips. These clips speeds up the process of covering the windows. They really help simplify the window protection process on brick houses so there’s not so much need for masonry drill bits.

    If time is short or the Plylox clips are not available, be sure to use screws not nails to fasten the plywood. We added a washer to each screw so that screw heads would not be pulled through the hole whenever we used plywood for shutters.

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    • November 10, 2020 at 3:04 pm
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      Hi BDN, wow, I’m hoping all is well where you live this weekend. Crazy weather! Stay safe, Linda

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      • November 10, 2020 at 4:34 pm
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        We’re as ready as can be. Not expecting Eta to be more than a rainmaker, but keeping a close watch in case it ramps back up to hurricane status. .. No one knows where any hurricane is going for sure, especially those slow moving storms that wander all around.

        Everyone along the Gulf is ready for this hurricane season to be done. 30 total named storms so far this year.
        Unfortunately, we have Eta & a new system that’s forming & expected to develop over the weekend.

        Pray for the folks in Louisiana and Mississippi who have so far had 4 landfalling systems hit in 8 weeks. … One of our Sunday school classmates is crew chief with the local power company. He and his crews have been sent to Iowa to restore power after the Derecho winds, Louisiana & Mississippi for Hurricanes Louise, Sally, Delta; Alabama for Hurricane Zeta.

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        • November 10, 2020 at 4:44 pm
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          Hi BDN, wow, we will pray for all involved in pre-disaster and all families and first responders. They are real heroes who risk their lives to get our power up and running again. I’m praying all is well where you live. Linda

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          • November 11, 2020 at 4:51 am
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            Correction on my comment, Linda… we have had 29 total named storms in the Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf hurricane season so far…. potential storm #30 is just forming.

            And as of this morning, Eta’s path has shifted significantly to the east & is predicted to make landfall tonight or early Thursday along the west coast of Florida.

          • November 11, 2020 at 7:33 am
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            Hi BDN, whatever the number you have had way too many my friend!! Stay safe, praying for you! Linda

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