Hurricane Preparedness

 

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While hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, it is important to remember that Mother Nature can, and will, do whatever she pleases. This year, our first named hurricane was Arlene and she arrived nearly six weeks early. So, while it is helpful to know when “hurricane season” is, it is prudent to be alert and ready at any time.

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In addition to keeping paperwork up to date and in a place where it is either safely stored or easily accessible and portable, the gathering of necessities such as food, water, flashlights, batteries, and other supplies, and having an evacuation plan in mind, it is worth remembering to take stock of those things outside your home which must be secured.  Note: I have found that taking pictures of papers and valuables and downloading onto a small, and very portable, memory stick is convenient and allows me to have multiple places to store this information–just in case.

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Hurricane Preparations

Umbrellas and patio furniture are often overlooked in the hurried preparations for a big storm. And, while no one wants to have to claim damage done to broken or missing outdoor furniture, you certainly don’t want to face any harm to your home or others from flying debris.

With today’s access to 24/7 news and weather programming, we are fortunate to have time to prepare for a hurricane. In the days leading up to a large storm, the following precautions courtesy of Dulando Screens and Awnings, will help keep you, your family, neighbors, pets, home, and outdoor furnishings safe and secure.

  • Heavy items and furniture, such as a patio table, may be turned on their sides or upside down to help prevent it from being caught by the wind and tossed about the patio.
  • Potted plants – even small pots can become dangerous projectiles in hurricane strength winds; therefore, they should be removed
  • Patio umbrellas – close them and remove them from stands and/or patio tables. A gust of wind can send an open umbrella flying through your screen enclosure
  • Decorative items – store them safely inside your home or garage to ensure protection from water damage
  • Overhanging trees – cut back limbs, remove decaying  branches, trim off weak limbs and loose leaves. Pay extra attention to any trees or shrubs that are close to your home and especially your patio area and screen enclosure or pool.
  • Enclosed swimming pool – Pool builders recommend leaving water in your pool during a hurricane or strong storm, but adding more chlorine to reduce storm water contamination. Your pool may overflow, but will be less likely to be damaged by the storm and/or debris that may fall into it. Most importantly, cover outdoor electrical devices with appropriate waterproof material to reduce the risk of damage.

Be safe!

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