Hurricane warnings in your local area are enough to instill fear in even the most powered of homeowners. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publishes a number of useful tips to protect your home from hurricane damage. Purchasing insurance for flooding is your first line of defense, and if you live in a high risk zone you most likely already have this in place.
Some of these measures suggested by FEMA can be easily done by the homeowner. Others, such as installing roof straps and reinforcing garage doors are best left to professionals and will require advanced planning.
- Purchase flood insurance
- Install galvanized metal straps to keep roof intact during damaging winds
- Install shutters or board up your windows
- Purchase a generator and fuel for power outages that are likely to occur
- Reinforce garage doors
- Anchor outdoor objects that may become airborne projectiles in high winds
- Remove trees that are close enough to fall on your house
Additional Protective Measures
If you still have time before the hurricane strikes, there are several other useful steps that you can take.
- Clear any clogged rain gutters and downspouts
- Decide how to secure and protect your boat
- Trim bushes and trees on your property so they can better withstand high winds
Facing the threat of a hurricane is very scary. However, purchasing insurance for flooding and taking steps to protect your property can bring some peace of mind during a stressful situation.