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Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30, and is predicted to be an above average Hurricane Season. Colorado State University predicts 44% chance in the gulf (above the average 30%) with 8 major hurricanes and 15 named storms. The key to preventing death and injury and limiting property damage is preparedness and heeding instructions from local officials.
The National Hurricane Center recommends Developing a Family Plan:
- Know the hazards that could effect your family and your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind
- Locate the safest room in your home for each hazard
- Determine escape routes / plan where to meet (10s of miles NOT hundreds)
- Determine an out-of-state contact so all family members have a central point of contact
- Post emergency numbers by phones and make sure children know how to use them
- Check your insurance coverage before the storm
Here are a few tips for securing your home before the storm comes:
- The most important precaution you can take to reduce wind damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind (and then water) can enter your home.
- To do this you need to inspect and reinforce these areas windows and doors, roofs, and garage doors.
Before the storm comes, you might want to consider upgrading to impact-resistant windows and doors. According to the National Hurricane Center, “Although these products look no different than standard windows and doors, they offer significantly more protection from wind-borne debris. In fact, these systems are capable of resisting impacts from large objects. For this reason, temporary shutters do not need to be installed before a storm strikes. In general, the frame and glazing work together to protect your home from both the elements and the significant internal pressure changes which lead to structural damage. While large wind-borne debris may crack the impact resistant glass during the course of the storm, the window is designed to retain its integrity and not break apart. Should either the frame or glass be damaged, it can be repaired at your convenience after the storm has passed.”
StormBreaker Plus windows from Simonton offer this kind of protection. The insulating glass unit features impact-resistant glass, which is designed to resist strong winds and penetration from windborne debris. Storm shutters are not needed once these windows are installed. In addition, they offer superior energy efficiency benefits, especially when created to be ENERGY STAR® qualified glass packages. For more information on these windows, go to www.simonton.com.
According to the National Hurricane Center: (standard roof) “Shingles are usually not designed to resist hurricane force winds”. But Hanson Concrete Roof Tiles are not just standard shingles. They have been tested to provide longer life, durability, and protection for high wind climates than alternative products, and provides better resistance to damage in high wind scenarios. To learn more about this product, go to: www.hansonrooftile.com.
Properly managing water on your property can save you from long-term, costly problems. Replacing non-permeable surfaces with permeable pavers, such as permeable interlocking concrete pavers, reduces surface water runoff by allowing the water to pass through the pavement surface. For more information on AquaPave Permeable Pavers, go to: www.hansonhardscapes.com.
Garage doors are the largest entry to your home, so special attention should be paid to them. The National Hurricane Center says this about garage doors, “Because of their width, double-wide garage doors are more susceptible to wind damage than single doors. Unless you have a tested hurricane-resistant door, the wind may force it out of the roller track”. Overhead Door makes Hurricane resistant doors in a variety of styles and price ranges. In addition to a reinforced garage door, an impact resistant window system further defends your home. Overhead Door’s feature a window system that is rated for large missile impact resistance. A garage door does not have to look industrial to be heavy strength. Windload and other safety options are available on almost all styles of doors. For more information, visit: www.overheaddoor.com.
Generators can be very important during storms, and during storm cleanup. But the KOHLER home generator has made a breakthrough in the industry in design and performance. The are standby generators, not portable generators, and they provide solid performance with a faster response time, and clean, quiet power. The high power range of these new generators permit homeowners to run powerful household items such as heating and cooling systems, sump pumps, sophisticated electronics, major appliances, and other lifestyle-sustaining equipment. The new KOHLER home generators can be fueled by natural gas or propane, thereby eliminating fuel spillage or evaporative emissions, while producing significantly less ozone forming emissions as compared to gasoline or diesel models. For more information, go to: www.kohlerpower.com.
Other Hurricane Tips:
Create a Disaster Supply Kit for staying in your home or taking with you if you evacuate:
Your kit should include:
- Water – 1 gallon daily per person for 3 -7 days
- Food – including non-electric can opener
- Blankets / Pillows
- Clothing – especially rain gear
- First Aid Kit / prescription medicines
- Flashlight and batteries
- Weather radio
- Fully charged cell phone with extra batteries
- Cash (be sure to have some small bills) / credit cards
- Important documents in a waterproof container
- Pet Care Items
- Toys / specialty items for children
- Specialty items for elderly
Plan in advance where you will go if you evacuate. If you can’t stay with a friend of family member, make reservations at a hotel before you leave, and check to see if they will take pets (many don’t). Take your disaster supply kit with you, and remember to fill up the car with gas.
Prepare for your pets! Make sure they are current on vaccinations and that you have proof of the shots. Also, find out in advance what shelters will take pets. Make sure you have a picture in case you are separated, and consider getting an identification chip for your pet. Have the proper sized carrier on hand in case of evacuation.