Hurricane Damage Preparedness

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Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster

If you aren’t sure whether your property or business is at risk from disasters caused by natural hazards, check with your local building official, city engineer, or planning and zoning administrator. They can tell you whether you are in an area where hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, or tornadoes are likely to occur. Also, they usually can tell you how to protect yourself, your house, business and property from the different hazards.

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Protect Your Business from All Natural Hazards

  • Protect Business Records and Inventory
  • Install a Generator for Emergency Power

Protect Your Property from an Earthquake

  • Anchor Large Equipment Properly
  • Anchor Tall Bookcases and File Cabinets
  • Anchor and Brace Propane Tanks and Gas Cylinders
  • Bolt Sill Plates to Foundation
  • Brace Cripple Walls
  • Install Latches on Drawers and Cabinet Doors
  • Mount Framed Pictures and Mirrors Securely
  • Restrain Desktop Computers and Appliances
  • Use Flexible Connections on Gas and Water Lines

Protect Your Property from Fire

  • Dealing with Vegetation and Combustible Materials
  • Replace Roofing with Fire-Resistant Materials

Protect Your Property from Flooding

  • Build With Flood Damage Resistant Materials
  • Dry Floodproof Your Building
  • Add Waterproof Veneer to Exterior Walls
  • Raise Electrical System Components
  • Anchor Fuel Tanks
  • Raise or Floodproof HVAC Equipment
  • Install Sewer Backflow Valves
  • Protect Wells From Contamination by Flooding

Protect Your Property from High Winds

  • Maintain EIFS Walls
  • Protect Windows and Doors with Covers
  • Reinforce Double Entry Doors
  • Reinforce or Replace Garage Doors
  • Remove Trees and Potential Windborne Missiles
  • Secure Metal Siding and Metal Roofs
  • Secure Built-Up and Single-Ply Roofs
  • Secure Composition Shingle Roofs
  • Brace Gable End Roof Framing