At Leland Management we deal with thousands of homeowners in hundreds of communities day in and out. Being in Florida (on both the east and west coast) for over 15 years, we also have dealt with our share of hurricanes and severe storms hitting the areas where the communities we manage are located. Experience indicates that residents fair hurricanes and storms much better when they create and follow a hurricane preparedness plan. FEMA has published the following list of things to do before a hurricane on their website http://www.ready.gov. This list talks about what to do to be prepared for a hurricane.
To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kitand make a family communications plan.
- Know your surroundings.
- Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
- Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
- Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Make plans to secure your property:
- Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
For more information on what to do to prepare yourself and home for a hurricane visit http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes