Storm preparation is a multi-faceted endeavor. There are a lot of different levels of planning and elements to consider when preparing yourself and your home for severe weather like hurricanes. The security of the structure of your home and your individual preparation to withstand the aftermath are two of the most important parts of smart storm preparation. Fortifying the structure and reinforcing windows with boards or storm shutters are two of the most important things you can do to get your home in a condition to withstand a hurricane. The more resilient your home is, the faster you may be able to recover with the least economic strain. Along the Atlantic coasts, in particular, where hurricanes are a yearly occurrence, being storm smart is a necessity for keeping you and your family safe and mitigating some of the most devastating affects of the storm.
The first step to being storm savvy is to follow the forecasts daily and hourly. Storms like hurricanes can be volatile and exceed or fall short of predicted strength and impact, so closely following the weather forecasts when a storm is expected to strike land is important. Knowing the difference between a hurricane watch.
And a hurricane warning is also crucial to making the appropriate preparation decisions at the right time. The nature of these advisories may also coincide with other alerts like flash flood warnings and calls for evacuation.
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Making efforts to strengthen your home to be more resistant is an essential way of protecting your space against severe weather. This obviously has limits and serious storms can destroy or severely damage even the most fortified homes, but preparing well before a storm hits can potentially reduce the impact of storms on your structure.
Replacing old, worn out components and addressing any existing damages can be a good idea to get your home in condition to better resist the forces of high winds and heavy rains. Address roof damage, replace windows and doors, seal gaps and cracks in the foundations, add weather stripping, and prepare boards or storm shutters to protect the inside of your home from flying debris.
If the storm gets bad enough or you are not in a position to withstand the storm, evacuation may be necessary. If you anticipate the storm far enough in advance, you can get out of the area well before it hits. If you wait or are receive evacuation notice, you need to have a plan to get to safety.
Roads may be impassible and driving may be perilous during high winds and rains, so know evacuation routes well and have contingency plans. Keep a portable emergency kit in a secure location to take with you if you must evacuate. These kits should have a temporary supply of emergency essentials like bottled water, food, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, radio, and matches.