According to the National Hurricane Center, the last major hurricane on the east coast was in 2008. Some would say that we are overdue for a major strike. If the weather patterns in the US in last few months are any indication, they may be right. If you choose to make your home near coastal waters, here are a few things you should know in order to think properly and prepare properly for a hurricane.
First of all, you should know that storm surge, or excess ocean water from huge waves, usually causes the most damage, along with high winds and flooding. Hurricane season is from June-November so you should have some prep already in place in the spring months. Hurricanes can be very costly and dangerous, so if you are a homeowner, read on to discover tips to help you prevent or minimize damage to your home. Every hurricane preparedness tip is different but there are many things you can do across the board to prepare effectively for them.
Make a list of things that would need to be done around the house. This could include things like taking inventory of all your outside items and furniture that need to be brought inside during high winds. Loose items like tools or even a child’s toy can turn into flying debris and seriously injure someone.
Trim or cut back trees and bushes. This can seriously minimize damage done from falling trees and branches during a storm.
Check to be sure your gutters and drains are free of debris so that they are flowing freely in the event of torrential rains from a hurricane.
Buy shutters for your windows that are made just for hurricane prone areas. These shutters offer great protection to your windows. Just taping your windows will NOT keep them from breaking during high winds. If shutters are not an option, then plywood over the outside of the glass can help.
Have a plan of evacuation ready. Make sure all your family members and loved ones understand it and know which course of action to take should the need arise. Contact your local Red Cross to find out where the shelters are in your area during a hurricane.
Keep blankets and sleeping bags in a place that’s easy to get to in case you have to evacuate in a hurry.
Make sure your pets are taken care of. Think about what they will need and plan ahead.
Buy a generator. There’s lots of great option and price points out there, but if you ever find yourself in a situation without power, you will be SO happy you have a generator! They can keep your fridge running as well as provide some juice for computers and TV’s
Move items from the floor to a higher area in case of water damage.
Finally, consider investing in whole-house surge protection. This needs to be done by a qualified electrician, but can literally save you thousands of dollars if your house were to be hit by a lightning strike. A simple retail power strip won’t do the job. If you have electronics like a home theater system, computers, multiple TV’s and landline phones, you should seriously look into whole-house surge protection.
And one last tip—turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting so that it will stay cooler longer in the event of a power loss. Remember, we see people rushing around at the last minute when we know a hurricane is approaching. The best method is to be prepared. Knowing where and how you will evacuate could not only save you time and money, but it could even save your life.
Give us a call before disaster strikes and have you home electrical system inspected. After a hurricane hits may be too late.
MB Electrician Pros
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577