shutters-669296_640A hurricane, by definition, is an enormous storm! They usually occur when the oceans have been warmed, that is during the summer months, and can be up to 600 miles accompanied by strong winds spiraling upward and inward at speeds of up to 200 mph. Sounds deadly doesn’t it? Absolutely! Hurricanes cause enormous damage to property and even the loss of lives. So what should homeowners do?

Well, when it comes to such storms, being prepared is the key. As such you should make an effort of protecting yourself, your family and your property with hurricane impact windows along with disaster evacuation plans. A general rule of thumb is to be ready for the worst and be prepared to evacuate quickly. That being said, here are a couple of tips for preparing for these disastrous storms.

Install Hurricane Impact Windows

Even the smallest of storms have the ability to shatter conventional glass windows, even when you tape them up. When your home’s windows are shattered, your home is at risk of being destroyed. Hurricane impact windows can withstand high winds, debris and offer sound and UV protection. Impact windows resemble regular windows, only that they are designed to withstand heavy impact.

Clean The Backyard

Before the storm season starts, it is wise to clean up the yard to minimize the amount of debris that could fly into your windows in case of a severe storm. Keep the trees well trimmed to prevent branches from breaking off and causing injury or damaging your roof. Also, clean the gutters and drains to keep them from overflowing once the rains start to pour. Also, it is good to make a list of the outdoor items that you might have to bring in when the storm season starts. These include tables, chairs, pot plants, outdoor furniture, household equipment and the rest.

Create A Disaster Plan

It is important to ensure you have a plan for where to go when an evacuation is required. If you plan on going to a hotel, make reservations before you leave as reservations tend to fill quickly in an evacuation situation.

Review Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy

In most cases, flood damage is not covered by most homeowners insurance providers. This can be very problematic, particularly in areas that are prone to hurricanes. This, however, is of particular importance for business owners. You should take the time to ascertain that your business is properly insured for any disaster.

If you implement these tips, you should be ready for the hurricane season.