As South Florida natives, we learned early on that hurricanes can be extremely dangerous. As such, it’s important to know how to prepare for hurricane season. Here’s how you can protect your home.
Get the House Hurricane Ready
During a hurricane, anything can become a projectile. Imagine a 200 mile per hour wind picking up a coconut and hurling it against a wall. At such speeds, the coconut might as well be a cannonball.
The first thing to do if you are expecting hurricane level winds is to get rid of all debris that can be picked up by the wind and flown into the house. Once the yard is free of possible projectiles, it is time for some tree trimming. Branches can break off and become a major hazard during a storm, so make sure you trim all branches within twenty feet of the house or roof. You should also clear your gutters and make sure the drainage system is working.
The roof should be thoroughly inspected for any possible damage, holes or shingles in need of repair. Check the shingle bonding to see if the adhesive is still strong. If it has weakened, perhaps it is time to have it checked by a professional.
Check all doors and windows, and make sure your shutters are working properly and ready to be installed at a moment’s notice. Ideally, your hurricane planning includes a professional inspection.
Sometimes a hurricane can leave you without power or water for days or even weeks. It is almost impossible to determine ahead of time whether a hurricane will be devastating or not, therefore the best course of action is to have a plan in place. Ensure you have the basics, along with canned food and water to last several weeks. At the very least, you should have supplies to last you and your family for a week. Batteries can be a lifesaver, as well as camping lights. For the upcoming hurricane season 2019, make sure your first aid kit is up-to-date and stocked.
Have a Plan
Sometimes we realize that the storm is too big to ride out or a mandatory evacuation is issued. When this happens, if you do not have a plan, things can spiral out of control and you may find yourself sitting in traffic for precious hours. Plan ahead of time, know your destination and the best route to get there. Also, a grab bag is paramount. You should always keep a small bag ready during hurricane season with all the essentials in case you have to evacuate quickly. Grab bags should include your credentials, passport, and other important paperwork, as well as cash, change of clothes, raincoat, torch, first aid kit, and radio. If you take any medication you should include that too.
Choose Aastro Roofing for Your Hurricane Preparation
At Aastro Roofing, we’re the third-generation of roofers and offer high quality, from our family to yours. For help with your hurricane planning and roofing preparations, give us a call at (561) 623-3710 or visit our website at aastroroofing.com.