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Hurricane Prep for Properties

Preparing your property for a hurricane involves several important steps to help minimize damage and ensure the safety of your home and belongings. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the process:

  • Secure Important Documents: Gather and secure important documents such as insurance policies, identification, deeds, and financial records in a waterproof container or safe place.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Trim back trees and shrubs around your property to remove dead branches and reduce the risk of debris causing damage during high winds.
  • Secure Outdoor Items: Secure or bring indoors outdoor furniture, decorations, potted plants, and any other items that could become projectiles in high winds.
  • Board Up Windows: If you live in an area prone to high winds or flying debris, consider installing storm shutters or boarding up windows with plywood to protect against breakage.
  • Clear Gutters and Drains: Clean out gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and reduce the risk of water damage to your home.
  • Anchor or Reinforce Structures: Anchor outdoor structures such as sheds, carports, and fences securely to the ground. Reinforce garage doors to withstand high winds.
  • Check Sump Pump: If you have a sump pump, ensure it is in good working condition and consider installing a battery-powered backup in case of power outages.
  • Inspect Roof: Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles, and repair any issues to prevent water infiltration.
  • Shut Off Utilities: Shut off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water at the main valves or switches to prevent damage or hazards during the storm.
  • Create an Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit with essentials such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, medications, and important documents.
  • Evacuation Plan: If you are in an evacuation zone or your local authorities recommend evacuation, plan your evacuation route and make arrangements for shelter or accommodations.
  • Stay Informed: Stay informed about the storm’s progress and heed warnings and evacuation orders issued by local authorities. Have a battery-powered radio or a smartphone with a backup power source to receive updates.
  • Secure Vehicles: Park vehicles in a garage if possible, or move them to higher ground to reduce the risk of flooding or damage from debris.
  • Prepare for Power Outages: Fill bathtubs and containers with water for sanitation purposes, and stock up on non-perishable food and supplies in case of prolonged power outages.
  • Stay Safe: During the storm, stay indoors away from windows and doors, and avoid using candles or open flames. Be prepared to take shelter in a safe room if necessary.

By taking these precautions and preparing your property ahead of time, you can help minimize damage and ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones during a hurricane.