Hi, everyone! It’s Team Peace here. In connection with Hurricane Harvey that recently devastated Texas, protecting the home is a very essential thing. Harvey brought more rain than wind, but today we are sharing with you how to protect your home in case a hurricane with strong winds landfalls on your area.
Protect windows and doors
Use sturdy windows and doors that will not easily shatter and can withstand strong wind pressure. The National Wind Institute of Texas Tech University has a recommended list of doors that could be used in safe rooms or shelters but could also be used in your home. For windows, The Balance recommends Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) glass as an affordable yet sturdy option since it absorbs impact well. Also, make sure that your doors and windows have shutters or a track system for added protection. Do not forget to have an installed garage door. A weak garage door is very vulnerable to hurricane winds and can make way for the wind to enter the house and destroy the roof.
Design for uplift
It’s possible for hurricanes to tear your home apart. To prevent this, Forbes recommends using the right fastening system for your home. There are a lot of choices and it may vary depending on your house location and construction type. There are tie-downs, lateral anchors, hold-downs, and embedded connectors to name a few. Just make sure that the one you use is code-mandated for the best protection.
Clear your surroundings
If there is an upcoming hurricane warning, one way of getting ready is by clearing the outside of your home to prevent debris from getting caught in the hurricane. Cut the trees within your property and remove items on your porch, patio, or backyard.
Let the water flow
Hurricanes also bring rain, so make sure that your gutters and downspouts are not blocked. Water will always find somewhere to go to. Ensuring that your gutters are clear will prevent any leaks in your home.
Have a GO-Bag
Every home must have GO Bag with an emergency supply kit. Ready, by Department of Homeland Security, has guidelines on how to build a kit and what to put inside. Keep your items in one bag and store it in an easy-to-reach place in case any disaster strikes. Having it all together can make it easier for you in case you need to evacuate.
Power will surely be out during a strong hurricane and your mobile phone will probably have to be charged. Keep your lines open and use your landlines for communicating your relatives. You can also stay updated with any news about the hurricane using a battery-powered radio which should be included in your emergency kit. Don’t forget to include the correct battery size for your radio if ever it runs out.
These are just some tips on how you can protect your home from natural disasters such as hurricanes. Remember to always be ready and anticipate things that might happen. Good thing Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm now and we hope the floods will go down immediately. Thanks everyone and we hope these guidelines can help you in the next storm. We are Team Peace and we hope you stay safe!