How Coastal Properties Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

There is a 65% likelihood that this upcoming hurricane season will be average or above-average according to the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project. When it comes to the destructive potential of hurricanes, preparedness is an absolute must. Failing to complete the necessary preventative measures before this upcoming hurricane season could result in serious and costly property damage for your clients.

 Coastal Property Hurricane Season Checklist

For your clients who own businesses or homes in coastal regions affected by hurricane weather, it is vital that they follow this hurricane season checklist.

Outdoor Furniture and Objects

Bring all loose and lightweight objects like patio furniture, trash cans, and bicycles inside so they don’t become projectiles during strong winds. For objects and equipment unsafe to bring inside such as propane tanks, anchor them down. Plan ahead for how to neatly, safely, and quickly store these items.

Drains, Gutters, and Downspouts

The buildup of dead leaves and other debris can be dangerous. With the addition of heavy rain, an overburdened gutter could collapse, and a drain could easily overflow. Make sure to clear out drains, gutters, and downspouts to prevent water damage with the inevitable heavy rains.

Plumbing

One of the main causes of property damage by hurricanes is flooding. To protect pipes from bursting or backing up and damaging property or rendering one without the use of plumbing, install check valves.

Trees

Hurricane winds are 74 MPH on the low end and can get up to sustained speeds of 111 MPH in the case of Category 5 hurricanes. Tree branches and the trees themselves can easily become hazardous projectiles in the event of high winds. Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the property.

Windows

When winds become fast enough, they can turn almost anything into a projectile. The most vulnerable areas of a house are usually the windows as they are made of glass. Cover all property windows with permanent storm shutters. Another option is to board up all windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood. However, storm shutters are more ideal.

Small Appliances and Gas Tanks

Hurricanes and tropical storms can destroy power lines and other electrical equipment. To avoid fires or the potential for electrically charged water, unplug all small appliances and gas tanks.      

Roof and Walls

Make sure the roof has no cracks or spots for possible leakage. The same applies to walls on the side of the property where water has easily seeped in before. Block these up immediately with sandbags and plastic tarps or call a professional to fix vulnerable spots and avoid water damage to the property.

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