Hurricane Preparedness – 6 Tips to Protect Your Townhome

Posted on Blog September 6, 2017 by Tony Smith

With Hurricane Irma’s current projections, the state of Florida might be experiencing winds of 185 mph and heavy rainfall. Natural disasters are unfortunately unavoidable but with current forecasts we are fortunate enough to know ahead of time and take the necessary precautions to stay safe and protect our homes and townhomes.

Follow these guidelines to prepare and stay as safe as possible:

  1. Secure your windows and doors. Use plywood boards or storm shutters to protect any windows or glass doors from flying debris that has the potential to damage or break through glass.
  2. Trim your trees. Remove any hanging branches or palm fronds that could become detached easily.
  3. Remove loose objects from lawn or backyard. Put away or tie down any patio furniture, backyard décor or barbecues that could take flight and potentially damage your home.
  4. Reinforce your garage door. By installing a vertical garage door brace and horizontal wooden beams, you can strengthen your existing garage door to withstand more powerful winds and flying objects.
  5. Inspect your roof. Secure any loose shingles, small holes or attach roof straps to ensure maximum safety from high wind speeds and heavy rainfall.
  6. Update your insurance and take inventory. Make sure there aren’t any gaps in your coverage and record everything you have in your house just in case you have to make a claim after the storm.

In addition to protecting your home, it’s important to stock up on fuel, food and plenty of water. It is recommended to store one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation purposes.  You can create Basic Disaster Supply Kits that include things like flashlights, first aid kits and batteries for precaution. If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to protect your townhome, contact CentraFalls today!

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