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A hurricane is a severe tropical cyclone. Every year, an average of 11 tropical storms occur, and 6 of these become hurricanes. A hurricane often causes devastating damage to coastlines and can travel hundreds of miles inland. If you live near the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico or another area with frequent tropical storms, you need to know how to prepare your home for a hurricane.

Steps

Get Insurance to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

  1. Know whether your home is in a flood zone area.
    • If you live in a flood zone, consider investing in flood insurance. Your homeowner's policy usually won't cover damage caused by hurricane-related floods.
  2. Make a complete list of all your possessions, including outdoor items.List lawn furniture, patio umbrellas, grills, tools and toys. This can help your insurance broker ensure you have enough insurance to replace any damaged items after a hurricane.
  3. Talk with your insurance broker about what you need to do to prepare for a hurricane in order for your policy to cover damage caused by a hurricane.

Modify Your Home's Exterior for Hurricane Preparation

  1. Confirm that your hurricane shutters are in good condition.If you do not have hurricane shutters, consider installing them. You can also replace your windows with hurricane glass. Both will provide protection from shattering glass during strong winds.
  2. Determine whether you need to replace your roof with a hip roof.This style of roof has a 30-degree pitch or less. On older homes, retrofit existing roofs with hurricane straps, gables, and end brackets or braces.
  3. Check your gutters to be sure they are clear of leaves and other debris to prepare for hurricanes.Clean gutters can prevent damage to your home during long periods of heavy rain.
  4. Remove dead or damaged trees, especially those near the house.Pick up and dispose of all limbs, sticks and other debris on or near your property. Items like these can become airborne during high winds.
  5. Collect outdoor items from the yard and bring them inside when you hear a hurricane advisory.These will become flying projectiles in the high winds, and can get swept away by floodwaters if your house is near the coast.

Get Your Home's Interior Ready for Hurricanes

  1. Put together supplies to prepare for hurricanes.You won't always have time to buy items before a hurricane strikes, especially when the storm is imminent, so you'll want to store the necessary items in your home well in advance.
  2. Purchase or create a food kit.This should include dried foods that you can rehydrate with bottled water and non-perishable foods. Include a manual can opener and any other supplies you might want to use to prepare food in the event you lose power and access to supplies for an extended period of time.
  3. Prepare for hurricanes with a supply of drinking water.You should have bottled water on hand. Some people will clean and rinse their bathtubs and fill them with tap water to use as additional drinking water during a hurricane.
  4. Store an extra set of clothes, warm socks and a pair of shoes in a waterproof container for each family member.These will come in handy if clothes are soiled or ruined due to floodwaters or debris.
  5. Move all valuables and paperwork to the upper floors of your home.You may want to store these in waterproof containers or a safe as well.
  6. Keep a stack of blankets or sleeping bags handy.
  7. Collect items you may need.Have a radio that can work with battery power so you can monitor the storm and keep up with the latest hurricane advisories. You may also want a first aid kit, extra batteries and a flashlight.
  8. Determine the best place in your home to go during a hurricane.You may need to modify an area of your home during your hurricane preparation. Others will be able to use an area in the home without windows that will be safe from flooding.

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  • Question
    What do i do if I live in an apartment building?
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    Run down to the lower levels, and stand at the center of the building near the wall.
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    During a hurricane, should you leave a window open on the leeward side of the house?
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    No. Recent studies have shown that leaving a window open can cause pressure differences inside the home, which can lead to destruction of the belongings you are trying to protect.
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  • Question
    Should I remove pictures from walls? And what about lamps and TVs?
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    Take down lamps from high surfaces and all your pictures. If a TV is safely plugged in, leave it. If it is not, dis-wire it and put it somewhere safe.
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    Should I leave my windows open in a conservatory during a hurricane?
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    No matter where you are during a hurricane, you should close all the windows, and if possible, board them up.
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    How do I prepare the interior of a house before a category four hurricane?
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    Cover your windows with blankets. Secure any pets you have. Stock up on food and water. Charge any electronics. Get battery powered lights and radios, and stay tuned to your local news.
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  • Question
    Are hurricanes always dangerous?
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    Yes, hurricanes are always dangerous to some extent. Always follow the instructions of the authorities in terms of evacuation or preparation if a hurricane is coming.
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    What if you forget something and you have to go out of your safe room to get it?
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    If the hurricane is destroying things around you, stay put. If the hurricane hasn't reached you yet or hasn't become destructive, decide if the item is worth the risk.
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    What do you do if the power does go out?
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    If you need power, get a generator. You should get a portable light source as well, in addition to the usual candles and flashlights people keep on hand for occasions like this.
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Warnings

  • Do not use electricity during a hurricane. It may even be a wise idea to shut off the electricity and gas to your home right before the hurricane makes landfall.

Things You'll Need

  • Flood insurance
  • List of possessions
  • Hurricane shutters or hurricane glass
  • Hip roof
  • Hurricane straps
  • Gables
  • End brackets or braces
  • Food kit with dried and non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Drinking water
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Shoes
  • Waterproof containers
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Battery powered radio
  • First aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight

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