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How To Protect Your Outdoor Property In Hurricane Prone Areas
August 31, 2017 | Jacqueline Hedlund
If you have ever experienced a hurricane, you can appreciate the devastating impact of these powerful storms on your property. Keep in mind that an average of 3 major hurricanes hit the United States coastline every 3 years. If you live in an area like NOLA where hurricanes are likely to occur, it is imperative to devise an emergency plan with your family and work with one another to insure that you have done as much as possible to minimize damage to your property. Typically, you will have about 2 or 3 days to prepare. Read the following tips to help you avoid unnecessary damage.
Make a list of items to bring inside the house or secure garage, which includes objects that are not anchored to the ground. During a hurricane, these objects could become a flying weapon if the winds become strong enough. Examples are lawn furniture, plants, garbage cans, etc. It is important to make a list and check off the items as you go.
Trim shrubbery and trees and remove damaged branches from the trees to prevent hurricane winds from breaking off and flying into the air. Hurricane winds can normally pass through the healthy secure branches with limited damage.
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts as this will clear the drains and prevent misdirected flooding.
Install permanent hurricane shutters. Taping the windows does not prevent them from breaking; it only prevents them from shattering. If you cannot install permanent hurricane shutters, the next best thing is to cover the windows with regular shutters or plywood for good protection. If you live in an hurricane prone area, you should seriously consider permanent hurricane shutters for maximum protection during a hurricane.
Strengthen your garage door. Broken garage doors can cause serious damage to your house. For example, wind can enter your house through a broken garage door. Hurricane winds can also lift up a broken garage door, transforming it into a missile and could potentially cause serious damage. Sometimes a broken garage door ends up on top of a house, ruining the roof.