The bad news: Hurricanes can cause significant, devastating damage to land and property.
The good news: Generally, forecasters can provide enough advanced warning of an oncoming hurricane that you can prepare your home and reduce damage.
Here are some steps you can take to prepare your home for hurricane season:
- Bring in any outdoor furniture or adornments that aren’t stabilized. If strong winds could potentially move it, it could become a projectile that harms the exterior of your home.
- Know how to shut off your water, gas and electricity. If a storm gets bad enough, this may be something you need to do before evacuating.
- Make a storm kit. First-aid supplies, shelf-stable foods, bottled water, blankets and flashlights are just a few of the items you may want to include.
- Stock up on batteries. Then add them to your storm kit!
- Secure your windows and doors. High winds can cause damage to windows and doors, so do your best to make sure the entrances to your home are as secure as possible.
- Clear out your gutters. This can help prevent water from leaking into your attic or basement.
- Check your foundation. Make sure you don’t have any cracks — which can also lead to flooding.
- Get surge protectors. While it’s best to unplug electronics during a storm, surge protectors can help protect them in the event of a power surge.
Of course, one of the most important preparation steps you can take is to pay attention and stay alert during hurricane season. Follow the forecast closely and listen to recommendations from local authorities.