Whether you are a resident on the east coast or just visiting, everyone is well aware of the approaching disaster. Currently traveling at around 105 mph, the category 2 hurricane known as Irene will soon make impact in the Carolinas and later sweep the entire eastern seaboard. So what does this mean for your home and the safety of your family? It all depends on your geographical location. Those closer to the water will most likely experience harsher winds and tremendous flooding. Others on the mainland should still take heed taking all necessary precautions. Before we can make recommendations on ways to make your home as safe as possible, we first need to know what is on its way.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) describes a hurricane as a tropical cyclone that can cause damage to both the coastline, and several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes can spawn microbusts, heavy rainfall, extensive damage from winds, tornadoes and more. Even when a hurricane is at its weakest (category one), damages remain inevitable. With winds ranging 74-95 mph, damage (though minimal) could affect unanchored objects, signs and vegetation.
Everyone should take heed to the warnings making all necessary provisions to keep their family safe. To help with last minute preparations, we are turning to Home Depot (home improvement resource) for solutions. We hope everyone remains safe and is prepared to weather the storm.
· Designate a meeting place for your family if separated
· Choose an out-of-sate friend as a check-in contact
· Know the nearest shelter and evacuation routes, particularly if you live near a coastal area or island
· Store small valuables and paperwork in plastic/waterproof storage containers
· Make sure your cell phone is charged!
Top 10 Preparation Supplies
· First Aid Kit
· Plastic Tarps and Electrical Tape
· Bottled Water (at least a gallon per person/day)
· BatteryOperated Radio and Batteries
· Canned Food and Non-Perishable Goods
· Toolbox and Tools
· Plastic Storage Containers
· Blankets and Pillows
Home Depot Tips to Help Weatherproof Your Home
· Closely monitor The Weather Channel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other news outlets for updates
· Cover all doors and window openings with shielding materials
· Secure all loose objects (if any) outdoors
· Secure plywood with approx. 8 long screws (not nails) for each window you cover
· High winds will find items to throw through windows. Secure loose gutters and bring in lawn furniture
· Trim loose/dead tree limbs, but do not leave curbside unless pickup comes
Click Here to read Home Depot’s 2011 Hurricane Guide. You can also check out these national resources for even more tips and updates.
– The National Weather Service (NWS)
– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
– National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
– The Weather Channel
– American Red Cross
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