How to Prepare Your Home for the Hurricane Season8 月 18, 2023
Navigate hurricane season with safety and peace of mind with these six steps for preparing yourself and your home.
1. Install a Sump Pump
Sump pumps are essential for homes in hurricane-prone areas. They redirect incoming water away from the house, protecting basements and lower levels from flooding. You’ll want to invest in a quality sump pump with the power to handle the water your home could get during a hurricane. If you already have one, be proactive and test it regularly. Purchase backup batteries or a generator in case of power outages.
2. Create a Family Emergency Plan
Gather with those you live with to form an evacuation plan, accounting for your pets too. An emergency plan will lessen your stress and your risk.
Your plan should cover:
- Where you will go
- How you will get there
- How you will contact your family
- How you will cook if there is no power
- Where you will get water
3. Invest in Flood Insurance
Before hurricane season begins, review your insurance policy thoroughly to understand your coverage. Many policies don’t include flooding, so you may want to invest in flood insurance to help protect your home. You’ll need to prepare for flooding insurance well in advance to be ready for hurricane season.
4. Secure Your Roof
Roofs are particularly susceptible to damage during hurricanes because high winds, debris and excess water can cause punctures, tears and leaks. To protect your home, follow roof care tips such as:
- Having the roof inspected
- Investing in truss tie-downs
- Sealing cracks
- Replacing shingles
- Cleaning out gutters
5. Assemble an Emergency Kit
Hurricanes may cause electricity and water to go out, so you’ll want to be prepared with an emergency kit right from the start of the season. Kits should include items such as:
- Water bottles or jugs
- First-aid items
- Nonperishable foods, including for pets
6. Prepare the Outside
At the beginning of the season, bring in or anchor items such as furniture, trampolines and barbeques. You should also trim trees and remove branches to prevent debris from blowing into your home and causing damage. Install storm shutters over your windows, and consider getting sandbags to block water from seeping in through your doorways.