Preparing for the 2014 Hurricane Season

June 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM | Posted in Home, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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The hurricane season occurs from June 1st through November 30th and forecasters this year are predicting a mild 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. Whether a hurricane is mild or severe, it is best to be ready in advance, just in case there is a break out storm. The following maintenance tips may help you prepare for whatever this hurricane season blows your way:

  • Trim any tree or shrub branches away from your home, and remove any weakened trees that could cause damage to you or your neighbor’s home.
  • Have your roof inspected for any loose shingles or potential problems that could be made worse by wind-driven rains before a storm.
  • Have plywood cut and ready to cover windows, or consider installing hurricane shutters, especially if you have a home located on the coast.
  • Install 6” surface bolts at the top and bottom of French doors to make them stronger against the winds.
  • Use caulk to seal cracks and holes where wires, cables, or pipes enter the house and anywhere else you see cracks that wind-driven rains could enter.
  • Buy a generator if you don’t already have one and check on it throughout the season to make sure it starts easily.
  • Have an emergency kit ready to go in a spot the whole family is familiar with.

By preparing ahead of time you could save yourself unnecessary anxiety, aggravation, or lost time and money in the event a big storm threatens or causes a loss. For more information on preparing for a hurricane season visit: http://www.fema.gov/

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