Hurricane force winds can turn landscaping materials into missiles that can break windows and doors. Much of the property damage associated with hurricanes occur after the windstorm, when rain enters structures through broken windows, doors, and openings in the roof.

Preparing before a hurricane can help you manage the impact of high winds and floodwaters. The steps outlined below will help keep you and your family safe while protecting your home and property. If you are a renter, talk with your landlord or property manager about the steps you can take together to protect yourself, your family, your home, and your property.

Before storm season begins, take the following steps to protect your home:

  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts, and clear clogged areas of debris.
  • Secure and reinforce your roof, windows and doors, including garage doors.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room designed for protection from high winds and floodwaters.
  • Learn how and when to turn off gas, water and electricity.

Mobile of Manufactured Homes

Mobile homes are an unsafe shelter in high winds no matter how well fastened to the ground. Take precautions to ensure that your mobile home is properly secured to reduce possible damage to your home and your neighbor's property.

  • Check tie-downs annually. Make sure straps are tight, properly aligned and not on an angle.
  • Verify that ground anchors and stabilizer plates have been installed properly.
  • Be sure support piers are in contact with the frame.
  • Replace straps or ground anchors that show signs of corrosion or damage.