Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of a major storm. As of this article, there are currently several disturbances being monitored in the tropics. In fact, earlier this summer the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released an Updated 2023 Hurricane Season Outlook. Unfortunately, they are now predicting an even more active hurricane season. Of course, in places such as here in South Florida, it is important to take the necessary steps to secure your home against potential hurricane damage. We discuss a few of these measures below.
Protect your home from hurricane damage
- Trim trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs that are close to your home can be dangerous in a hurricane. Trim any dead or diseased branches, and remove any trees that are leaning towards your home.
- Secure loose items. Bring anything that could be blown away, such as patio furniture, lawn ornaments, and garbage cans, inside or secure them in place.
- Install Miami-Dade NOA doors & windows: When installing new doors & windows, it is important to confirm that you are only installing products with a NOA (Notice of Acceptance) that is approved for use in Miami–Dade. The reason for this is that these are the most stringent requirements for hurricane protection.
- Cover windows and doors. If installing Miami-Dade NOA doors & windows is cost prohibitive, it is important that you are prepared with storm shutters or plywood to cover your windows and doors. This will help protect your home from flying debris.
- Secure your roof. Make sure your roof is in good condition and that all of the shingles are in place. If you have any concerns about your roof, have a professional inspect it.
- Back up your important documents. Keep a copy of your important documents, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, and passports, in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box.
- Have a plan. Talk to your family about what you will do if a hurricane strikes. Have a plan for where you will go and what you will do if you need to evacuate.
Here in South Florida or in any coastal area, you can never be too prepared for hurricane season. Although many of the aforementioned home improvements should be completed throughout the year, it is never too late to secure your home as best as you can. If you still have to purchase hurricane preparedness items, be sure to take advantage of the current Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday that is taking place throughout Florida from August 26 through September 8, 2023. For more information, be sure to check out our previous article titled Hurricane Preparedness In South Florida.
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