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Hurricane Season is upon us. In fact, currently the entire state of North Carolina is the anticipation of Hurricane Florence is estimated to land in merely 48 hours. It is important for all NC residents to prepare for this storm, and all storms in Hurricane season appropriately. This includes ensuring that emergency supplies and equipment are on hand, cash is available for post-hurricane needs such as buying food and
supplies, and/or paying contractors to remove trees, limbs, etc. for post hurricane clean up if needed. Below, Snotherly Insurance list the top items an precautions that one may put into action when preparing for a Hurricane.
Your level of preparation before a hurricane can determine how well you weather the storm and how quickly you recover from it. You should start preparing your home, inside and out, long before a storm is in the forecast. In the end, you can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your loved ones and your property from extreme weather events such as hurricanes.
Know the forecast
You may hear the terms "hurricane watch" and "hurricane warning" in your local forecast. Understanding the difference between them is essential to helping you prepare for a hurricane. As soon as a hurricane watch or warning is forecast for your area, it is important, depending on the type of alert, to immediately begin or complete your preparations.
A watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. You should begin to stock up on emergency supplies in the event a warning is issued. If you live in a coastal area, you also should be prepared to evacuate.
A warning is more serious. Hurricane-force winds (74 mph or higher) are expected to hit your area within 36 hours. You should seek shelter or evacuate, if notified to do so.
General Hurricane preparation tips
Tips to prepare your home for a hurricane
1. Help Avoid Water Damage
Heavy rains have the potential to cause significant water damage. These tips can help you prepare your home.
In a powerful windstorm, trees can be a hazard. Broken limbs or fallen trees — even uprooted shrubbery — could damage your home and fences, or your neighbor's property.
Routinely maintain the trees around your home:
It is important to keep wall openings, such as doors, windows and skylights protected. The roof, doors and windows of your house are especially vulnerable to wind damage. When houses are exposed to hurricane force winds, roofs are most susceptible to damage, followed by walls and openings such as skylights.
Strengthen doors and windows by:
If you live in an area that experiences high winds, outdoor items around your property that are not properly anchored can become airborne and cause damage.
During a windstorm, wind forces are carried from the roof down to the exterior walls and then to the foundation. Homes can be damaged when wind and wind-driven water gets under the building’s exterior walls if proper controls are not in place.
Strengthen exteriors by employing a contractor to:
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