Being prepared will help save your home and much more.
Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, so it is important to be prepared before one strikes. Disasters can include windstorms, snow storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Some of these occur at specific times of the year, while others can strike at any time. Thankfully, there is a degree of predictability for hurricanes, which is why certain months of the year are known as the hurricane season. It never hurts to be prepared. It’s important to have the proper hurricane protection for your home or business. The real wild card when a storm hits is not water, which is fairly predictable in how it will come. It’s the wind. When strong winds come in a storm, they sometimes will rip apart poorly built structures and toss the pieces of wood or metal like missiles around the property. And that’s what does a lot of the unpredictable damage. This is why hurricane window protection is essential.
What Is A Hurricane?
A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, which generally forms in the
tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a
counterclockwise circulation of winds, seasoned normally from June to November.
Hurricanes have four stages:
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By taking very simple precautions and planning for your family, you will be better prepared in case a disaster strikes. You will therefore be better able to cope during the emergency.
will be better prepared in case a disaster strikes. You will
therefore be better able to cope during the emergency.
Prepare Your House
• Look for loose parts of structures (patios, porches, fences, etc.) outside of your house. If you can shake them with your hand, secure them or remove them. The time to begin acquiring shutters and protection for your home is now. All openings of your home need to have protection to keep fierce winds and rain out of the building. Experience proves that a home that does not have protected openings is at grave risk for serious damage.
• Trees need to be trimmed to minimize the damage they may cause to your home or someone else’s. Vehicles left out in the open are often overturned by high winds. If you do not have a garage or carport, locate a protected spot to park your vehicles. A good location might be on the leeward side of the house, away from the main force of the wind.
• Check for any loose electrical wiring or shaky gas connections, inside and outside. Repair them, if you can; call a contractor if you can’t. For items located outside, such as lawn furniture, grills, toys, yard equipment, etc., that should be brought inside before a storm. When picked up by high winds, these items can become deadly missiles. Fasten shelves and hanging units inside your house; place heavier items on lower shelves. Make sure pictures, mirrors and other items are hanging away from beds or couches. If they’re nearby, take them down. Make sure your water heater is strapped to wall studs or another solid base.
• Examine your home to see
if hurricane straps and connectors were installed to roof trusses,
rafters and framing members. Homes that do not have such protective
reinforcement are at risk of loosing roofs and walls to strong
hurricane force winds.
Supplies and Equipment
• Past experiences of Hurricanes
have taught us that we need to be prepared to
live without our utilities and basic services for up to two weeks or
more. Most of us are ill-prepared to do so. It is not immediately
obvious what we would need for such an adventure. A useful exercise
may be to try to live for one day without your utilities and
begin making a list of essential items that become evident. Parents
should try an occasional “one-day camp in” with their children. This
will make it less traumatic for children (and their parents) when
they are forced to live without all the things we take for granted.
• It is also important to fuel all vehicles before the storm hits. In addition, remember to
get to the ATM or bank and secure some cash since banks will
probably be closed for some time after a severe storm. Finally, keep
a photo I.D. that also shows your home address. This may become
important when asking a police officer or National Guardsman for
permission to re-enter your neighborhood.
Watch Weather Reports
• Storms and weather fronts, especially tornados and hurricanes, can move very quickly. Hurricanes typically move at a forward speed of 8 to 25 miles per hour. While this may seem quite slow, such movement can advance an approaching storm up to 200 miles during the course of a normal work day. As a hurricane or other storm moves closer to you area, begin monitoring the weather reports every hour. Don’t get caught by surprise by not taking advantage of the excellent media coverage of weather related events.