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Mitigate Wind Damage BEFORE The Storm


What To Do BEFORE The Storm Hits Your Area
These are some tips of things to do in or around your home to mitigate wind damage due to a tropical system.


Trim Trees and Shrubs

  • Trees close to your home can snap or uproot.
  • High wind can turn branches into projectiles during the storm.


Remove debris from your yard

  • Bring in outdoor furniture.
  • Lawn chairs, trampolines, pool supplies, etc can be turned into flying debris.


Cover windows

  • This is necessary in order to guard against flying debris.
  • Plywood or professionally installed shutters are best.
  • Secure materials for this NOW while there is a surplus. Do not wait until a storm is forming in the Gulf.
  • Taping windows DOES NOTHING to protect your home from wind!


Reinforce garage doors

  • This will prevent wind from entering and causing dangerous/expensive damage.


Proper Maintenance

  • Ensure that roofing materials, fencing, etc. are properly maintained and in good condition.
  • This will allow them to be more resistant to wind damage.


Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts

  • This will help with the flow of water during heavy rainfall.