“According to rough figures round about 58 million plus Americans live in 185 seashore countries that borderline the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. These areas are most endangered areas for hurricanes in US. To deal with hurricanes, you must be already prepared and do pre-planning to avoid the harm. Either you live right near the water or you live a little further, a vital hurricane will destruct both and will leave its mark. However, with proper planning you can avoid even worst storms and can keep your family safe from it, following are some best ways to avoid such worst storms.
5 Best ways to keep your home safe from hurricane damage
1. Prepare your yard
The debris that is thrown by strong howling winds is the biggest reason for death, damage or injury. To prevent the waste to become wooden missiles that can do too much damage to you in gale force winds, you should keep your shrub and trees trimmed. Make it sure that you already prepare to store your planters, boats, furniture and other things even in a thrashing storm. You should also think about replacing rock landscaping with scrap bark or some other soft material.
2. Prepare for Flooding
One of the greatest reason for property damage linked to hurricanes is caused by severe flooding. If you do not already have done something for it then do consider adding a suction pump for basement drainage. If you already have one, then you should make it sure that it is in working condition once in a year. Donâ€™t forget to check the power source and the free flow of water, do inspect the outlet pipe. Also, have a check about that water direction is not directed towards your home. Do get your sewerage clear and clear off the leaves and other rubbish, so that it keeps working even if it rains cats and dogs.
3. Seal up your home
You should check that your home is properly anchored to the base. Do get it examined by a professional so that if there is any weak joint it can be repaired. Some of the usual problems that include seal gaps are:
- Walls where pipes are entering.
Behind circuit breakers, water meters or electrical outlets.
Under the window slab.
Also, confirm that deck of your roof is completely sealed with a waterproof layer. You may also need to get ply covers for windows ready. There are also some other costly window covers that you can use.
4. Know your things and stuff
Do get information about emergency setups in your surroundings that includes you are alert systems about certain warnings and other evacuation protocols. Your nearby fire & police department will provide you with the guidelines on dealing emergency situations. You should also perform the responsibilities of a good neighbor by helping out your disabled or weak neighbors that may need some extra help in a worst storm. Also have a check on your current building standards that whether your home meets all the necessary criteria or not.
5. Make a right plan
Do get stocked an emergency kit that should contain minimum three days of water and food do not you do not have to starve even in worst situations. Also as being a good human do not forget to take your pets with you. Always have extra cash at your home so you can take it with you in worst situations as ATMâ€™S may be offline or wonâ€™t be available nearby. Do keep a copy of all important documents that should be in a waterproof packet.
Choose a well-known meeting point where you and your family members can gather in case you get separated in the storm. Also, think of some good communication method if a cellular phone will not be working.”