Hurricane season is fast approaching (beginning June 1), and we are encouraging those in hurricane-prone areas to get prepared as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Yesterday, we focused on getting prepared for the storm surge often caused by hurricanes– today’s theme is keeping your family and home safe from tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.
While hurricane-force winds often make the news, there’s no such thing as “just a tropical storm”. Hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds can send debris through the air, causing damage to homes and businesses. Also, hurricanes can also produce tornadoes that add to the storm's destructive power, so it’s important to get prepared for the high winds of severe tropical weather.
Here are some tips on getting your home or business prepared for high winds. For more information on getting prepared for a hurricane, visit www.Ready.gov/hurricanes
- Reinforce garage doors. If wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous & expensive structural damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
- Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
For more information on the dangers of high winds, see this video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or visit their website.