See what you have to do after a hurricane warning has been announced

We have already approached the way to get properly ready for a hurricane and, in a more specific manner, how to assemble a survival kit. These articles can help you to face in a better way the moment when the hurricane hits. However, besides having everything together, it is required to do everything in the right time. If you knew that a hurricane was probably going to get you in 48 hours, would you be aware of what to do? Well, we are going to give good suggestions.

Hurricane Watch and Hurricane Warning 

First, let’s talk about the language that is used, and how the hurricane warnings operate. Hurricane Watch is a rating that is issued when the National Weather Service considers that a hurricane can hit the coast within a 48-hour period. This warning is always widely spread, as it is included in TV news, and there is a good chance that you will know about it pretty quickly. But if you want more safety, and get these updates on your email, you just need to sign up here.

Now the Hurricane Warning is issued when a hurricane is expected to hit a given area in within a 36-hour period. It is quite probable that you have already get the previous warning, particularly when you keep yourself updated all the time. In the meantime, this warning is important in order to carry out the last checkups.

Finally, you still have the Extreme Wind Warning. This one is issued when a hurricane is expected to exceed 115 mph, and it is given at least one hour before that happens. However, if that occurs, you will already be well-prepared thanks to the previous warning.

A hurricane is coming. What to do?

Well, this section is going to be divided into two parts. The first deals with the possibility of staying at home, while the second touches on the situation in which you live in an area that is going to be evacuated. However, for both, being already prepared is important. If there’s an evacuation going on, an evacuation plan should exist beforehand. If it’s possible to stay at home, have a plan to go through that moment in the best way possible.

The first thing to do is to protect your home. That should be carried out, regardless if you are to stay inside or to leave the area. If you have detachable hurricane shutters, put them already, because it will be impossible to do such thing once the winds start. If you use plywood, try to start even earlier. Besides that, pack any object which might turn into a flying one inside your garage, or inside your home, because that object can fly straight into your place.

After having properly protected your home, let’s go with the first option, in case you decide to stay inside. In that situation, define your property’s safest spot. Such spot should not have a lot of contact with the exterior. It should not have windows, nor external doors, preferably. Particularly if the hurricane ranks above Category 2 (see more about hurricanes and their categories here). Check your survival kit, which can be seen in minutiae here. And, lastly, keep yourself away from big doors and windows, especially during the hurricane’s hit.

Now, if you decide to go for the evacuation, you better have a plan for it already. Having defined places to stay, and the things which will you need, is a good starting point.
Very well, after a Hurricane Watch issue, check the news, and try to go to a shelter where the hurricane hit will be less severe. Having a map highlighting the potential routes to reach your destination is good.

Do not forget to have some money with you, because ATMs might be unreachable. And, if you have any, seek shelter for your pets.

On top of all this, it is good to have a checklist which includes everything that you will have to have and do in such eventuality. Things like turn off the power, gas and water are important. Having standby batteries and chargers for your phone as well. Be sure that you have in that checklist an item to carry with you the most important documentation, and always warn some people about the place where you will be staying.

Your safety and your family’s come first. Do not stop planning, doing things at the last minute can be dangerous.

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Hurricane Shutters Guide

Our first article serves as a general guide on Hurricane Shutters. We are going to address their types and the materials they are made of, besides showing how useful they can be to protect your home.

Look also: How hurricane shutters help you get home insurance discount

Accordion Shutters

Accordion Shutters

Accordion Shutters

The Accordion Shutters come from a locking system with metal bars in the shape of an accordion (as the name itself blatantly indicates), generally with a lock placed in the middle. This type is convenient due to its practicality and safeness. It comes preinstalled already, it fits almost every type of doors and windows, and it is as simple to open as it is to close it.

It is made of aluminum almost every time, due to the fact that it is a light and resistant material. But beware, try to always know the material’s origin, as we always recommend the one that is made in the United States, considering that the quality control is heftier in here, therefore granting a better quality overall.

Storm Panels

Storm Panels

Storm Panels

                                                                                                                       The Storm Panel is a more simple and economic type than the accordion, however, it doesn’t fall short when it comes to security. Generally it is made of aluminum or steel. The aluminum one is lighter and more resistant to corrosion. The steel one, in the other hand, is the most economic option. They are usually fixed with butterfly screws, and some effort is required for the installation process, but their placement is still easy and straightforward nonetheless.

 

 

 

Roll Up Shutters

Roll Up Shutters

Roll Up Shutters

                                                                                                                       This one is the type that will probably grant higher levels of practicality. It can be manual or electric, while, in the latter, a click on a control button is all that it takes to open and close it. Besides this, it can have several uses, such as sun blocking, because it can stay open, or in matters related to safety, taking into consideration that in can be easily opened and closed whenever you left and get back to your house, and its maintenance is really smooth as well.

 

 

Impact Windows and Doors

Impact Windows

Impact Windows

                                                                                                                       This type often adapts itself more easily to the architectural style of homes in general, given the fact that is comprised of normal windows and doors, however, made from a thicker glass, and the choice of two materials to create its framework: aluminum or vinyl. The former is more resistant than the latter, but it is less resistant to corrosion nevertheless. The vinyl for instance is more economic. In case you consider this to be the best option for your house, keep in mind that it is very important to verify the materials’ origin and their proper test certificates.

 

 

What is the importance of Hurricane Shutter to your home?

The Hurricane Shutter has two main functions: the first is to protect against flying objects, which are rather common during the hurricanes’ strong winds, and the second is to protect against the negative pressure caused by the wind’s speed. I am going to further explain this.

Regarding the first, the most crucial part is the quality of the material used to protect the house parts which commonly are the most sensible: the windows and the doors. Thus, it is vital to assess if the company that is providing the service is properly registered in your state, and if it has other certificate types.

About the pressure, if there is any path through which the wind can run through your house during a hurricane, such a broken window, the pressure arising from high wind speeds goes straight to the ceiling, which can cause its total destruction, leaving your house totally exposed in the process.

In the case of any doubt, get in touch with us. And to know what the cost of each type would be in your house, do a online quote by clicking below.