Hurricanes can bring damage and disaster to a large area in a short period of time. The majority of the time the wind damage is not what causes the most danger to you and your family.
According to the NOAA, the leading cause of death after a Hurricane is drowning, followed by a list of other non-wind related causes. Wind, Carbon Monoxide poisoning, electrocution, fallen limbs/trees, driving into flood waters and fires all make up the majority of the causes of death during and after a Hurricane.
There are some things that you can do in advance to minimize the damage to your property and prevent even more disaster. We have compiled a list of actions that you should take to minimize your risk of injury and death.
- Trim all branches near your home each summer to avoid damage and injury in a storm
- Inspect all trees and power poles before storm approaches
- Inspect gutters and downspouts and make sure drains are not clogged
- Put all patio furniture and ornaments inside before storm arrives
- Prepare your gas generator for use and make sure it is ventilated.
- Have Hurricane shutters, or 3/4″ plywood for windows and doors
- Secure your home to the concrete foundation
- Secure your roof to the frame and foundation using local building code approved strapping
- Install a gas powered generator to home and property
- Install wind resistant windows and doors to minimize damage
- Secure the garage door with latches and strong screws
- Carefully secure your legal papers, documents and Insurance papers in a safe place
- Check if you are living in a flood zone
- Know the evacuation route and have a location to meet family members
- Know what gas stations are operating on a powered generator
- Know where the nearest Hurricane shelters are located
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