The Atlantic region experiences annual hurricanes that cost billions of dollars in damages each season. Hurricanes are a special kind of disaster in that they include some of the worst elements from numerous other natural disasters–severe winds, flooding, and fire causing infrastructure damage. This means that hurricane response requires comprehensive planning and a high degree of specialization when it comes to cleanup and restoration. The risks for hurricanes are present every year from June through September and represent a foreseeable but somewhat unpredictable risk.
One of the most important parts of hurricane planning is taking the necessary steps to prepare your home for high winds, debris, and water during the event of a severe storm. Protecting the roof, doors, windows, and other parts of the home’s exterior is very important for comprehensive hurricane preparation year round.
Many people opt to install permanent shutter fasteners for quick installation of storm shutters or instead utilize roll down shutters. These can help protect your doors and windows from the high winds and lashing rains of a hurricane. Take steps to reinforce your roof by using ring shank nails to better fasten the roof to the sheathing and adhere loose shingles with roofing cement to prevent them from blowing away in high winds. Make sure all vents and soffits are securely attached as well.
Along the surrounding area of your house, take the time to trim branches and trees that may present a risk to your home during hurricane winds. Relocate or remove yard debris and objects like furniture, equipment, and toys as these items can easily become projectiles.
Every natural disaster warrants comprehensive supply planning. This often comes down to putting together an emergency preparedness kit with survival essentials. These kits should be regularly updated and provisioned during hurricane season.
Keep the kit in a secure location in your home and include items like: flashlights, batteries, radio, first aid kits, blankets, food, and water. The food and water should be enough to last 5-7 days. Having an emergency preparedness kit is meant to keep you relatively self-sufficient in the event of a wide spread power outage or other utility failure after a hurricane.
Many residents in the Atlantic region decide to ride out hurricanes rather than leave the state. If you decide to do this or are forced to, make sure you have the necessary supplies to remain safe and healthy for the duration of the storm and the aftermath. Keeping a preparedness kit on hand is a great way to ensure survival essentials are conveniently located in a single place. In addition to preparing a kit, you should make sure to know how to keep yourself and others with you safe during a hurricane.
Stay away from windows and doors and remove objects from shelves and keep clear of anything inside that could become a falling object. With the right planning and safety measures in place, you can better handle the hurricane season. After the storm blows over, remember to contact First Atlantic Restoration at 855-790-7707 to help in the recovery process.