Wind has a strange way of invoking both pleasure and panic. The air whistling softly as the breeze blows through can be relaxing and tranquil, but, on the other hand, when it's coming at you with force, it can leave a path of destruction behind. Now is the time to protect everything you've worked so hard for ahead of time, before a hurricane or tropical storm warning. While you don't have to put these plans into action immediately, it's good to be ready when the time comes. No matter what season it is, now is a good time to be prepared for a hurricane or major wind storm.
Batten Down the Hatches
Before you know it, a hurricane watch could be issued in your coastal area. The last thing you'll want to be doing is racing to the stores for supplies, in fact, you may find yourself out of luck. Now is the time to prep for an upcoming storm. Have all the materials on hand that you will need to protect your home. This starts with the doors and windows. Be sure you have enough coverage for both. Consider accordion storm shutters that either roll up above the window or beside it. There are several different types to choose from, and their main goal is to protect your windows from breaking and debris from landing inside. Now is the time to purchase the appropriate size of accordion shutters and other storm protection items, so you are prepared.
Don't Forget Your Yard and Outbuildings
Take a good look around at your yard. Are there items that could get damaged or lost during a hefty wind storm or hurricane? Be sure you have the tie-downs, anchors and boards for small outbuildings ready to go at a moment's notice. Same with small trees and vulnerable plants. Write down ahead of time what will need to be moved or secured, so you can get things wrapped up quickly before the storm.
Have an Emergency Plan in Place
With any major storm on the horizon, you should have an emergency plan in place. This should include a small stockpile of non-perishable food and water readily available. It's also good to have a hurricane suitcase ready. This should contain a list of important numbers and documents you need to take with you should you have to evacuate. Include a checklist of additional things you'll need to do and pack, such as shut off certain utilities and bring along essential toiletries and current medications.
Sometimes storms and evacuations come on quickly. You may be too stressed in the moment to remember what to do and what things to grab. Planning ahead for a hurricane can take that guesswork away and keep your home and your family safe and secure.