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How to prepare your home for a hurricaneSeptember 7th, 2017 by
Hurricanes are large tropical storms that form over warm ocean water and often rotate towards land. They can cause immense damage to anything in their path, especially when they reach Category 3 or higher.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
- Category 1: Winds 74-95 mph
- Category 2: Winds 96-110 mph
- Category 3: Winds 111-129 mph
- Category 4: Winds 130-156 mph
- Category 5: Winds more than 157 mph
Peak season in the Atlantic basin starts June 1st and runs through November 30th. Even with modern technology, it’s hard to predict the path and strength of hurricanes because there are many factors that come into play. This means it’s extremely important to stay informed and have a plan before it’s too late.
In the devastating wake of Hurricane Harvey, many homeowners are realizing just how important it is to be prepared. The massive storm that hit southern Texas on August 25th is estimated to have caused over $180 billion in damage. Now, Hurricane Irma is approaching the eastern coast of the United States with winds reaching 185mph.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there are several steps that homeowners should take to minimize the damaging effects of a hurricane. While making a disaster kit is important, there is much more that can be done. Here is what FEMA suggests that homeowners do:
- Know your risk
- Develop your evacuation plan
- Receive Alerts
To prepare for floods:
- Buy flood insurance
- Retrofit your home to protect against floods
To prepare for winds:
- Remove or secure potential wind-borne objects
- Remove trees that endanger your home
- Retrofit your home to protect against high wind
- Install and use generators safely
To see what these steps entail, read the full 2017 Homeowner Checklist here.