Harsh Weather Guide: How to Prep a Cape Coral Residence for Hurricanes
Harsh Weather Guide: How to Prep a Residence for Hurricanes
Hurricane season begins in June, and there have already been plenty of relevant phenomena appearing within the tropics since then. This guide is to help homeowners prepare for the Cape Coral storm damage of an impending hurricane.
Some Hurricane Hazards
A hurricane's wind force can easily exceed 155 mph, with records surging as fast as 175 mph. More than enough speed to generate tornadoes, microbursts, storm surges, torrential downpours that can lead to damaging floods and mudslides, and carry and hurl fallen debris.
Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane
• Prepare for the worst by setting aside three days of water, preserved food, and other necessities. If you're unsure of what a proper survival cache contains, FEMA's website offers a comprehensive list of necessities.
• Keep your electronics unplugged to stop surge-based damages. A surge protector is not enough of a defense against such problems.
• Check for potential leaks. Any opening in your home, including near pipelines and cable line, can serve as an entrance for floodwater to flow inside.
• Be prepared for prolonged power outages. You only need a generator capable of generating enough voltage to maintain a fridge and some essential appliances. You can also use the time shopping around for a suitable generator to assess how truly necessary some of your electronics appliances are to your daily life.
• Trim your greenery. Any branch or limb that is in contact with your home is a potential danger. Limbs that rub across your roof can weaken the structure enough to let storm water pour into it. Pruned trees also minimize the chance of damage or carried debris from high winds. You may even wish to regrade near trees to give their root systems more stability from invigorating the soil.
• Clean up your gutters and clutter. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged roofs and flooding. Any object strewed throughout the yard, be it a wheel jack, child's unicycle, heavy limbs, and the like; can become a lethal projectile with enough wind force behind it. Store away trash cans, potted plants, and any order lightweight objects to minimize the chances of damage to your house.
• Secure your home. Look into protective window shutters, stabilizing roof clips, and a brace for any garage doors. Make sure that any fuel tanks are properly secured and that all such retention and protection features are installed by trained professionals.
• Double-check your insurance. Go over your insurance policy and acquire extra flood insurance through the NFIP to cover all of your bases.
Plan for the Worst
Work with your family ahead of time, on where to head should a Cape Coral storm arrive. A sufficient storm plan covers an evacuation route, the addresses of official shelters, and a meeting point in the event of becoming separated. Make sure to note what medications, if any, should be taken along as well as any precautions to take if you happen to own pets. If you live in the following areas, know that you are at an elevated risk level for hurricanes:
• A mobile homes.
• Along the coast or upon an island.
• Close to a river way or flood plain.
• Within a high-rise.
Are you sufficiently prepared? SERVPRO can help with professional pre- and post-storm services. Contact us for help/restoration today.
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SERVPRO of Cape Coral is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Cape Coral community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.