|Preparing for Hurricane Season|
|This past Saturday marked the offical start of Hurricane season. It's not exactly the favorite season of many New Orleanians. I think football, festival and holiday season would be a lot higher on the charts if there was a ranking. However, there are some tips that you can do to inusre that your home will be safer this year. This week we are going to talk about some tips to protect your home from this unwanted time of year.
1. Remove debris from your roof or yard. This can be anything from BBQ pits, to branches and anything in between that could be used as a weapon to penetrate your home.
2. Clear away any area near power lines. Power lines could fall down during the storm. Don't cause unecessary damage by having objects in the way.
3. Protect your Garage Door. Keep your cars and other items protected by using horizontal support bars. Some of them can withstand winds up to 120mph.
4. Unplug electrical items. You aren't going to be using them, so unplug them until the storm passes. This will eliminate the risk or electrical fires.
5. Put down towels near windows and doors. Put them near door frames and the base of windows. They will protect walls and floors from water intrusion.
6. Lift up valuables and electrical items off the floor. These items are valuable, so protect them by moving them to higher ground in the event your house floods.
7. Keep your files handy & in order. Be prepared for the worst case scenario. if things go bad, then you want to have your mortgage deeds, insurance info, etc. pretty handy.
8. Cover all of your windows. Hurricane shutters are the best, but 5/8-inch plywood cut to fit is sufficient. Tape doesn't prevent windows from breaking.
9. Trim your trees. Make sure that they are well trimmed, so that they are wind resistant.
10.Take lots of pictures of your home. This is important to do before you evacuate. This will be a pretty handy inventory to have for the insurance company should you have any damage.
There are man other tips and suggestions that you can do to prepare yourself for the upcoming season. Always use good judgement in whether or not to ride out the storm. Remember the aftermath of Isaac last year? It wasn't a lot of fun having no electricity for days in the Summer heat. Finally, always have a positive attitude. Storms can be stressful. Make it a fun family time.
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