From June to October, hurricanes affect the entire Atlantic region. This means that everyone who lives in coastal areas should be prepared for the worst. UNITS is here with a few helpful hints if you’re ready to batten down the hatches.

Prepare a complete disaster supply kit

The CDC advises that homeowners should have an emergency kit in place in the event of hurricanes. You should stock up on water and non-perishable food to last for at least 3 days, along with first-aid supplies, prescription medicines, as well as pet or baby supplies. You should also make sure you have:

  • personal hygiene items
  • flashlights
  • a battery-operated radio
  • a plan for evacuation
  • a family plan in case you’re separated

Secure your home for hurricanes

During hurricanes, keep in mind that your house is one of the most important assets you own. Storm shutters or plywood should be used to cover all of your windows just before a hurricane strikes. Your home will be protected from flying debris that could damage your windows.

Purchase a backup generator

As you are undoubtedly aware, outages in power networks are becoming increasingly common. A power outage can last for many days depending on how extensive the damage to the electricity grid is. As a result, having a portable or standby generator can be beneficial since it will restore electricity to some of your equipment, such as your air conditioner and fridge.

Remove or trim the trees around your home

High winds from storms and hurricanes can break tree branches and even uproot entire trees. When one or more trees are uprooted, they may severely damage a piece of property. Remove any high-risk trees, such as those that are too old, damaged, or pose a danger to your house before the hurricane season begins to avoid property damage caused by fallen and uprooted trees.

Elevate your home

Hurricanes pose a slew of additional threats in addition to strong winds, rainfall, and inland flooding. The process of raising a home can range from four weeks to several months depending on the weather, site preparations, type of foundation, elevation, and repairs necessary. Given that hurricane activity reaches its peak during mid-August through mid-October, it is feasible to have your property elevated before the first storm arrives.

The experts at UNITS have the knowledge, skills, and tools to help your prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Please contact us today if you’d like to find out more about our portable storage containers or want a free estimate!

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