How to Prepare for Hurricane Season
A hurricane will affect homes hundreds of miles inland from the point of landfall. Thunderstorms with hail and tornado warnings are a real danger as these storms move through the Fayetteville, NC area. Strong wind gusts and flooding can and will cause extensive damage to our homes. Recently Hurricane Mathew and Hurricane Florence flooded our streets and neighborhoods in a catastrophic way. What can we do to better prepare for hurricane season?
Hurricane Check List
- Purchase flood insurance in addition to your homeowners insurance. Flood Insurance will cover extensive water damage done to your home; however it takes 30 days to be active after the date of purchase. Do not wait until the last minute will not protect your home if a hurricane is headed our way.
- Clean gutters and drains and re-caulk windows and doors as needed.
- Prepare for wind by removing diseased and damaged tree limbs.
- Store or tie down outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else that wind can turn into a projectile.
- Close curtains or blinds. If windows do get broken, this will prevent shattered glass from scattering in the home.
- Be prepared for power outages. Hurricanes can and will leave homes without power for extended periods of time.
- Fully stock emergency kits including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, cash in small bills and first aid supplies. Keep a cell phone and other battery-powered devices charged and have an alternative charging method. Those who use a power-dependent or battery-operated medical device should have a backup power plan and tell their local utility so it can prioritize their home.
- Keep the car’s gas tank full and know how to manually release an electric garage door opener. A vehicle can be a power source, but NOT in an enclosed space.