Your Family & Home’s Complete Hurricane Plan
The 2018 hurricane season is predicted to be near or above normal, but less disruptive than what we saw last summer, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While forecasters can give us warning of a storm’s path, it’s better to be prepared well in advance of any tropical movement. Whether you’re considering hurricane shutters, impact resistant glass or storm panels for your home, Myrtle Beach hurricane protection is a must.
Hurricane season begins June 1, and as we move deeper into the summer, tropical movement will intensify. Here’s your Myrtle Beach hurricane plan to protect your family and your home.
Secure Your Home
Wind is the most powerful force of a hurricane, and if the wind alone doesn’t damage your home, the objects thrown around by a hurricane certainly can. Secure your home’s windows with hurricane shutters. There are a number of styles and the Carolina Home Exteriors team can help you determine which is the best fit for your home – Roll Down, Bahama, Colonial, or Accordion – for aesthetic and protective purposes. This includes protecting your Myrtle Beach sunroom windows as well.
Protect Your Roof
When preparing your home for a hurricane, you’ll want to install roof straps or roof clips to secure the roof to the home’s main frame. The roof is an integral part of your home’s structure, so you want to ensure you do all you can to keep it from blowing away during a hurricane.
Reinforce Garage Doors
While you may enjoy a garage slider system during warm, summer days, you need to reinforce your garage door during hurricane season. If the intense winds of a major storm get inside your garage, the force can easily create major damage to your home. Use a garage door brace to hold the door in place and install storm panels to protect the door from damage.
Secure Outdoor Furniture and Fixtures
Don’t allow your outdoor patio furniture, bicycles, or even your vehicle to become a projectile for the hurricane winds to thrust. Bring any loose items – potted plants, décor, children’s toys – indoors before the storm hits. Move your cars, motorcycle, or boat to the garage for safekeeping through the storm. If your garage has windows, be sure to cover them with hurricane shutters or storm panels.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Before hurricane season gets into full swing, review your home owner’s insurance to ensure the policy covers damage or destruction to all major assets. So if the storm does cause damage, you know you’re covered for things like Myrtle Beach window replacement, deck repair, or even more severe damage.
Know The Evacuation Route
In the event of a major storm, yes you want to protect your home, but keeping your family safe is most important. Know the evacuation route out of your community and plan ahead for things like pet care, having prescriptions on hand, and ensuring the vehicles are fueled for travel.
Hurricane season Myrtle Beach has the potential to bring heavy winds and powerful rain, so taking the steps now to ready your home and family will make your hurricane plan run much smoother when it’s time to execute.