Hurricane Season is upon us. In fact, currently, the entire state of North Carolina is the anticipation of Hurricane Florence is estimated to land in merely 48 hours. It is important for all NC residents to prepare for this storm, and all storms in Hurricane season appropriately. This includes ensuring that emergency supplies and equipment are on hand, cash is available for post-hurricane needs such as buying food and
supplies, and/or paying contractors to remove trees, limbs, etc. for post-hurricane clean up if needed. Below, Snotherly Insurance list the top items and precautions that one may put into action when preparing for a Hurricane.
Your level of preparation before a hurricane can determine how well you weather the storm and how quickly you recover from it. You should start preparing your home, inside and out, long before a storm is in the forecast. In the end, you can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your loved ones and your property from extreme weather events such as hurricanes.
KNOW THE FORECAST
Hurricane Florence Forecast
You may hear the terms “hurricane watch” and “hurricane warning” in your local forecast. Understanding the difference between them is essential to helping you prepare for a hurricane. As soon as a hurricane watch or warning is forecast for your area, it is important, depending on the type of alert, to immediately begin or complete your preparations.
A watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. You should begin to stock up on emergency supplies in the event a warning is issued. If you live in a coastal area, you also should be prepared to evacuate.
A warning is more serious. Hurricane-force winds (74 mph or higher) are expected to hit your area within 36 hours. You should seek shelter or evacuate, if notified to do so.
GENERAL HURRICANE PREPARATION TIPS
Hurricane Preparation Tips
TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR A HURRICANE
Snotherly Insurancve Home Preparedness
1. Help Avoid Water Damage Heavy rains have the potential to cause significant water damage. These tips can help you prepare your home.
Closing and locking all windows and doors and removing any window air conditioners.
Removing valuable items from your basement or elevating them off of the floor.
Clearing debris from exterior drains and gutters.
Repairing damaged gutters and downspouts to make sure water can drain away from your foundation.
Checking your sump pump and the battery backup to confirm they are working properly.
2. Monitor Your Trees
In a powerful windstorm, trees can be a hazard. Broken limbs or fallen trees — even uprooted shrubbery — could damage your home and fences, or your neighbor’s property.
Routinely maintain the trees around your home:
Prune tree limbs within 10 feet of your home.
Check for cracking or splitting in trees.
Remove dead limbs and weakened trees.
3. Roofs, Doors, Windows and Skylights
It is important to keep wall openings, such as doors, windows and skylights protected. The roof, doors and windows of your house are especially vulnerable to wind damage. When houses are exposed to hurricane force winds, roofs are most susceptible to damage, followed by walls and openings such as skylights.
Strengthen doors and windows by:
Installing reinforcing bolt kits at the top and bottom of doors.
Reinforcing garage doors.
Installing storm shutters over windows.
4. Secure Outdoor Items
If you live in an area that experiences high winds, outdoor items around your property that are not properly anchored can become airborne and cause damage.
If high winds are expected in your area, move as many outdoor items indoors well before the high winds arrive. As mentioned earlier, do not store propane tanks in your home or garage.
Adequately secure any remaining outdoor items that cannot be safely moved to protected areas.
5. Strengthen Your Exterior Structure
During a windstorm, wind forces are carried from the roof down to the exterior walls and then to the foundation. Homes can be damaged when wind and wind-driven water gets under the building’s exterior walls if proper controls are not in place.
Strengthen exteriors by employing a contractor to:
Install hurricane straps to reinforce roof-to-wall and wall-to-foundation connections.
Retrofit soffits to help ensure they remain in place in high winds.
Properly brace roof trusses.
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