Although the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1st, most hurricanes occur between August and October. Early to mid-September is typically when the most activity happens, so if you're not yet prepared, now is the time. But how should you prepare your house for a hurricane? We've got a few things you can add to your hurricane preparedness checklist.
How to Protect Your Home’s Exterior
Check out this video from Lowe's for some excellent tips on how to prepare for a hurricane:
Protect your home from potential exterior damage by removing all weak or dead trees and tree limbs from your property and nearby areas. This will prevent them from becoming projectiles during the storm.
Because garage doors are highly susceptible to wind damage, check to see if your garage is “storm ready” or needs add-on reinforcements. Houselogic offers some great tips to help you hurricane-proof your garage.
Secure all of your outdoor items such as lawn chairs, trash cans, and planters by tying them down or by moving them into your home or garage. Make sure all lawn tools, patio furniture, toys, and lawn decorations are brought inside. If you don’t have enough garage space to fit cars, boats, or RVs, check out our vehicle storage options.
How to Prepare Your Home for Flooding
If your home is located in an area at risk for flooding, your hurricane preparedness list will include a few extra items:
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds and make sure your sump pump is working. You can also install a water alarm.
- Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if possible.
- Make sure to move all valuable items as high up as possible. If you have items like photo albums, appliances, clothing, and furniture in your basement, store them on a higher floor or in the attic if possible.
- Turn off your power! You cannot forget to shut off your main circuit breaker when flooding is a possibility.
- If possible, build barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and causing damage to your home.
Check Your Homeowners Insurance
Contact your home insurance provider and talk to a representative. Find out what types of damage your insurance covers, and make sure you're fully covered in the event of a hurricane. Ensure that any interior damage resulting from a hurricane, for example flooding, is also covered.
Weathering a storm is never fun, but if you follow our hurricane preparedness tips, it should be a little easier. Gather your family and flashlights and hunker down this hurricane season!