Use these tips to get your home prepared for the upcoming hurricane season.
June 1 brings the beginning of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season and a wave of uncertainty. Since you can never be sure if a hurricane will head your way or not, use National Hurricane Preparedness Week as a time to review how to prepare your home for a potential hurricane.
Start with the outside
Checking, securing and preparing various structures on and around your home will help minimize damage during a storm. FEMA recommends the following tips:
- Secure or remove items which can be picked up by the wind such as bikes and patio furniture.
- Protect all of the windows on your home. If your house is equipped with storm shutters, close and secure them. If you do not have storm shutters, board up the windows with 5/8" marine ply wood.
- Install clips to securely strap your roof to the house's frame structure.
- Trim trees and shrubs to reduce debris.
- Repair loose gutters and downspouts. Also, be sure to clear clogged gutters.
- Reinforce your garage doors.
- If you have a boat, secure it.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
Once your home is hurricane-ready structurally, make sure you have everything you need to ride out a storm by creating an emergency kit complete with water, food, medicine and other disaster supplies.
Other considerations before a storm hits
Taking some extra steps in preparedness will pay dividends post-hurricane:
- Fill up your gas tank. Wide-spread power outages and increased demand could make obtaining fuel difficult.
- Turn you refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Refrain from opening them often to preserve food longer in the event of a power outage.
- Learn about your community's hurricane response and evacuation shelters.
To learn more about managing and protecting your health during a hurricane, contact Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.