How to Protect your Beach Home during Hurricane Season
A few tips to help keep your beach home safe
Here are a few tips to help keep your home safe during Hurricane Season:
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall-- trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Either board up windows or protect them with storm shutters.
Bring outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and other moveable objects into the house or tie them down very securely.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
- Take photos of your house inside and out to assist in settling insurance claims and to prove uninsured losses for tax deductions.
- If your area floods frequently, always have a good stock of sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber to protect your property.
For more hurricane prepardness information visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.ph