Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) September 23, 2009
Now is the most active time of hurricane season.*Americans who live in storm-prone areas should make preparations in the event a major hurricane hits their area. Security Choice, a leading online resource for home alarm systems and home security monitoring, offers the following tips to help protect homes in areas frequently impacted by hurricanes:
1. Focus on the windows - Damaging winds and water typically enters the home through broken windows. If you don't have commercial shutters, measure and cut plywood covers for all windows and install anchors. If the storm is close, don't leave to pick up supplies and don't spend valuable time taping windows. Contrary to popular belief, it will do little to protect the home and its occupants.
2. Tie up loose ends - Reinforce all home entryways and garage doors. If there is gravel landscaping surrounding the home, replace it with bark. When gravel is picked up by heavy winds it can cause damage to the home's exterior.
3. Remove yard hazards - When 100 mph hurricane winds blow through, weak and dead tree branches become missiles. Trim all weak branches around the home and store any outdoor hazards including garbage cans, toys and patio furniture.
4. Take shelter - If local authorities have not issued an evacuation order, go to an interior room with no doors or windows - or to the room with fewest windows. Also consider relocating to a secure shelter in the community.
5. Plan ahead - The millions of Americans living in areas threatened by hurricanes should each have an evacuation plan. It's important to know the most effective route for evacuating and leave on time. Have a kit ready with nonperishable food, first-aid supplies, water and extra prescription medicine.
*Statistic is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)