Do you know what to do to prepare your home for a hurricane? Recent hurricanes are a strong reminder that none of us are immune to losses associated with hurricanes or other natural disasters. Hurricane season extends from the beginning of June through the end of November each year. There is no time like the present to begin preparations for this year’s hurricane season. In addition to the information provided here, make sure to visit other websites such as: FEMA, National Weather Service National Hurricane Center, FloodSmart, and the American Red Cross. Many city/county/state websites and insurance companies also have useful information about preparing for a hurricane, as well as what to do in the event that you have been affected by a hurricane.
All homeowners should familiarize themselves with available information in preparation for hurricane season. It is also important to abide by all emergency-planning procedures articulated by local, state and federal authorities and the weather bureaus and, of course, promptly heed all evacuation directives.
To get you started, here are 8 steps to follow as you begin preparing your home for a hurricane:
- Raise or lower your door threshold using a screwdriver.
- Review the exterior of your home for cracks to the cementitious finish.
- Check all caulked areas, especially the perimeter of your windows and doors.
- Prepare for rapid installation of hurricane shutters.
- Move furniture to the highest point in your home or stack on water-resistant materials.
- Move inside or properly secure all exterior items that might be blown around in a heavy wind.
- Make written, photographic, and video inventories of your home and all of its contents, property and other valuables. Make sure to take a copy of this information with you (or safeguard it) should you need to evacuate!
- Ensure that irreplaceable items and documents are pre-packed for evacuation or otherwise safely stored.
If you need assistance, please contact your local Lennar Customer Care Team for more information.