How to minimize a hurricanes impact on your home
Essential steps can be taken to minimize a hurricane’s impact on your home.
- Guard your windows: Entry points like doors and windows are the weakest and most vulnerable parts of your home during a major storm. Boarding up windows with storm shutters or plywood greatly reduces the likelihood of shattering.
- Protect property from flooding: Flooding is the most common natural disaster and can occur anywhere. Experts recommend piling up sandbags at least 2 feet high as an effective barricade against floodwaters. It’s also a good idea to park your vehicle on higher ground, if possible, before water rises.
- Secure loose objects: Outdoor objects surrounding your home can become deadly airborne missiles when swept up by a hurricane’s strong winds, potentially damaging you or your neighbors’ properties. Ensure that you pick up, tie down or secure anything that could become a projectile with high winds.
- Prepare appliances for power outages: A lightning strike, short circuit or a downed electrical pole can cause your home’s power voltage to soar to hundreds, or even thousands, of volts. Surge protectors help to protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes caused by surges.
- Create a home inventory: Knowing exactly what items are in your home is critical to post-storm recovery in the event that your home or belongings are damaged. It’s as simple as snapping cell phone photos of the contents in each of your home’s rooms. Recording the item number or serial number will help you recover after the storm when you’re filing a claim with your insurance company
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