LaHouse Blog : May is National Hurricane Preparedness Month!

This month is National Hurricane Preparedness Month, a perfect time to do an audit of your home and identify ways to prepare for Hurricane Season.

From reviewing your family’s emergency plan to small repair projects, there are many ways to prepare for severe weather. Here are a few small projects you can accomplish this month that will better prepare your family and home for any potential storms:

  • Go over and revise your family’s emergency plan - In the event that an evacuation is ordered, you should be prepared to leave quickly. Having a bag packed with essentials and emergency contacts in place can ensure your family can evacuate quickly if needed. Be sure to include supplies like food, clothes and toiletries for all members of your family, including your pets. It’s a good idea to revise this plan as your family’s needs may change and make sure everyone is knowledgeable of the plan.
  • Prepare for power outages - If an evacuation order is not issued for your area, you should still have emergency supplies ready in the event your home loses power. This includes flashlights, batteries, nonperishable foods that do not require refrigeration and a way to hear the news like a crank radio.
  • Clean up your landscaping - Weak branches and trees near your home can do significant damage if there is high-speed winds or severe weather. If you notice any limbs or trees around your home look weak, it’s a good idea to remove them to prevent any damage to the home. Additionally, any lawn furniture that can become debris should be secured or brought inside.
  • Clean gutters and drains - When heavy rainfall arrives, having clear gutters and drains can help water flow properly and prevent pooling around the home. This can prevent water damage and potential flooding.
  • Invest in window protection - While most people will use plywood to protect their windows during a storm, impact-rated storm shutters are a much better option and can help you secure your home more quickly immediately before a storm. Storm shutters are an investment, but they offer better protection against debris and come in many designs to seamlessly blend into your home’s design.

Staying prepared for hurricanes is the best strategy to help your family stay safe!

5/6/2024 7:59:28 PM
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