Though you can’t control when or where a hurricane will hit, there are other things you can control to minimize damage. Hurricanes can stretch upwards of 300 miles across their diameter, which means that you owe it to yourself and your home to take these precautions before the next storm hits. Besides keeping up with regular updates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, follow these 5 steps to keep yourself safe.
Secure the Exterior of Your Home
Branches, outdoor furniture, and other items will quickly become dangerous projectiles during a major storm. Before you feel the first gust of wind, be sure to check the exterior of your home and either secure or remove loose items. This includes trimming plant limbs, which may detach during the storm and strike your home.
Prepare with Storm Shutters
If you already have storm shutters installed on your home, then make sure they are still functional. Test them to make sure that they can open and close correctly. If you don’t have storm shutters, then we strongly recommend installing some. Poor substitutes like plywood do a fraction of the job. To learn more about storm shutters, give White Aluminum a call today.
Relocate Your Cars
If your vehicles are outside or under trees, then they are at risk during a hurricane. All it takes is one broken limb to come crashing down and shatter your windshield. If possible, move your cars to higher ground, or seek shelter inside of your garage or underneath your carport, if you have those. If parking inside of a garage, stay as close to the garage door as you can – this will offer additional support against the wind.
Unplug All Appliances
Take a walk through your home and check for all your appliances and household fixtures. If any are near exterior doors or window openings, then unplug them and store them away safely in cabinets or closets. After the storm has passed, then you may return them to their traditional places and plug them back in again.
Put Together an Emergency Kit
Loss of power is a very real possibility during any given hurricane. It’s crucial to prepare for the worst while you still can. Prep a kit of essential items in the case of an emergency – you’ll certainly be grateful if something bad happens. Every emergency kit should include flashlights, batteries, nonperishable food, bottled water, and a portable radio.
If you have any questions about the safety and security of your home in the event of a major storm system, don’t be afraid to reach out for expert guidance. At White Aluminum, we offer a wide array of storm protection systems to equip your home with every measure it needs to stay safe before, during, and after a hurricane. Learn more by contacting us today!