HIGH WIND SAFETY ACTIONS - before
Find out if your home meets current building code
requirements for high-winds. Experts agree that
structures built to meet or exceed current building code
high-wind provisions have a much better chance of
surviving violent windstorms.
Protect all windows by installing commercial
shutters or preparing 5/8 inch plywood panels.
Garage doors are frequently the first feature in a
home to fail. Reinforce all garage doors so that they
are able to withstand high winds.
If you do not live in an evacuation zone or a mobile
home, designate an interior room with no windows or
external doors as a "Safe Room".
Before hurricane season, assess your property to
ensure that landscaping and trees do not become a wind
Trim dead wood and weak / overhanging branches from
Consider landscaping materials other than
HIGH WIND SAFETY ACTIONS - as a hurricane approaches
No mobile / manufactured home is safe in hurricane
force winds. Those residents should evacuate to a safer
structure once local officials issue a hurricane
evacuation order for their community.
Once a hurricane warning is issued, install your
window shutters or plywood panels.
When a hurricane warning is issued for your
community, secure or bring inside all lawn furniture and
other outside objects that could become a projectile in
Listen carefully for safety instructions from local
officials, and go to your designated "Safe Room" when
directed to do so.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio.
Do not leave your "Safe Room" until directed to do
so by local officials, even if it appears that the winds
calmed. Remember that there is little to no wind in the
eye of a hurricane.
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