Keep Hurricane Shutters MaintainedFollowing the devastation of Hurricane Andrew years ago, South Florida building codes were updated to make the installation of impact-resistant windows and hurricane shutters mandatory. To ensure that you’re well prepared for a storm, you should be servicing your shutters and making sure they are fully operational. If need be, contact a professional shutter company to take care of any repairs beyond your expertise as soon as possible.
Clean Your GuttersFlorida is known for storms, hurricanes and strong winds that transport lots of debris. This debris can often end up lodged in your gutters and downspouts, two parts of your home that are essential for moving excess water off your roof/property during heavy rains. If your gutters haven’t been recently/properly cleaned, you may notice water leaking down the exterior walls of your home, a problem that could lead to much more serious issues like damage to siding, shutters, windows, landscaping, or even your foundation, as well as mold growth. Make it a weekly chore to remove built-up outdoor debris, including acorns, pine cones, seedpods, leaves, twigs, rocks, bird nests, grass, etc. If you notice any major damage to your gutters, call a professional gutter company to nip the issue in the bud before it becomes a much more expensive project.
Make a Hurricane Prep Sheet (if you haven’t already!)If a hurricane should happen to hit, you should be prepared. If the storm warrants evacuation, make sure that you and your family discuss what your evacuation plan will be. If you have any members of your family with special needs, you’ll need to plan for that too. Identify a ‘safe room’ in your house (interior room with no windows) and ensure you have a storm kit. Your storm kit should include:
- Bottled water
- First aid kit
- Non-perishable food items
- Extra cash
- Any required medications. To help you with your hurricane preparedness, Broward County put together this extremely detailed and informative hurricane preparedness guide.