Hey Tampa Bay! As the 2022 hurricane season officially kicks off in Florida with Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall on Wednesday September 28th, we wanted to share some important tips and local resources to help you keep your homes and families safe.
Protect Your Home Against the Hurricane
Below are some tips on important steps you can take to protect your home from wind and water damage from the storm:
- Bring in or secure outdoor furniture, equipment, fixtures, etc. to avoid items being picked up by high winds and damaging property.
- Trim or remove any trees that could potentially fall on your home.
- Protect your windows. If your home doesn’t have impact-resistant windows (aka. Hurricane windows), you will need to take measures to protect your windows. Options for hurricane proofing your windows include:
- Install storm shutters
- Apply hurricane window film
- Cover windows with plywood
While the above options work for hurricane proofing your windows on short notice, the best way to protect your home from damage is to invest in hurricane windows. Impact-resistant windows can withstand hurricane-force winds, as they consist of two panes of tempered glass that is also separated by a plastic film for added protection. They are available in a range of styles and sizes, providing your home with the ultimate protection against hurricanes.
Prepare for storm surges and flooding by:
- Cleaning out all drains, gutters and downspouts.
- Stocking up on protective materials such as sandbags and plastic sheeting.
- Installing a sump pump with a battery backup.
- If possible, elevating the water heater, heating system, electrical panel, etc.
Hurricane Safety Preparedness Plan
Aside from taking precautions to secure your home, other things you should to do prepare for the hurricane include:
- Pack a disaster kit with 2 weeks supply of essential items such as: water, medicines/prescriptions, canned goods, important documents, battery powered flashlight, first aid kit, cash, etc.
- Know your evacuation route and plan.
- Think about options for your pets.
Hope these hurricane safety tips from your friends at STH Windows & Doors help keep your homes and families safe during this hurricane season.