A hurricane is defined as a massive, violent storm system with extremely high winds and heavy rain that impact tidal systems and flooding in surrounding areas. Hurricanes form over warm oceans and make their way up coasts often leaving a path of devastating destruction.
In the United States, hurricane season varies from coast to coast. Atlantic hurricane season tends to peak in September but can strike anywhere between June 1st through the end of November. The United States Pacific coast is impacted by hurricane season between the months of May and November.
Cities and states typically impacted during hurricane season are equipped with storm warning systems that are used to warn citizens of an incoming hurricane preemptively. If you live in an area impacted by hurricanes and are prompted of an incoming storm, follow the following tips to prepare your home for a hurricane.
Steps to take during an evacuation
If told to evacuate, leave the area immediately and find refuge at a specified shelter or in a safe location. Tune in to local emergency channels to get up to date information. Use a TV or radio to stay informed as to the path of the storm, your city’s instructions and plan accordingly.
- The following are emergency broadcasting systems that are crucial to tune into during a hurricane:
- The Emergency Alert System (EAS)
- National Oceanic
- Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio
Before the hurricane
Before a hurricane, make sure your car is in good working order in case of an emergency. Always have a jug of water, snacks and extra gas in case of an emergency.
Contact family members and solidify how you will communicate with one another in the event of a power outage. Leverage social media to check-in and communicate if needed.
Start prepping your home for impact
Bring any loose objects from outside indoors and away from windows and doors. High winds have the ability to lift and carry objects potentially creating damage to the exterior and interior of your home.
If you are taking cover indoors, move away from any windows or doors to protect your body from any debris, glass or objects.
Cover your windows with storm shutters
Cover or inspect and use your impact resistant windows before the storm arrives. Protect the highest amount of surface area possible. Move generators out of windows and out of window sills. During the storm, stay away from windows! Broken glass can cause severe injuries, especially when propelled by high winds.
How impact-resistant windows secure your home
Installing impact-resistant windows will make a huge difference. Impact resistant windows and doors are specifically designed to withstand high impact from rain and wind, withstand the pressure and force of debris flying and are designed to keep your family safe even during the most critical of times.
Professionally installed impact-resistant windows and doors can be the difference between a home untouched by a storm or massive clean up and possible injury. To keep your family safe and retain your home’s value, consider installing impact-resistant windows and doors in your home by Signature Impact Windows & Doors.