What should I expect in a hurricane?
According to Ready.gov:
“Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and microbursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events.”
What are popular options to consider to protect my home/building during a hurricane?
- Plywood: Cheapest option, but lacks visibility, can’t be pre-installed, and you need to drill holes/have a helping hand.
- Shutters: Easily deployed, but expensive, opaque, and type of shutter impacts effectiveness.
- Hurricane glass – Effective, but prohibitively expensive
- Fabric panels – Cost-efficient, effective and customizable, but buyers need to make sure manufacturer follows recommended guidelines for hurricane protection.
According to “Today’s Homeowner” expert Danny Lipford, Fabric Storm Panels (or Wind Abatement Screens) offer a great, effective alternative to plywood or shutters. Read his thoughts on these screens.
National Hurricane Center Advisories
National Hurricane Center Atlantic Tropical Cyclones
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
National Hurricane Center Pacific Tropical Cyclones
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30th.
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Their FloridaDisaster.org site has preparedness and response information, road closures, weather radio, disaster plans and more.
National Weather Service National Hurricane Center:
Click to access the National Weather Service’s extensive guide!
And check out there Hurricane Preparedness – Wind video below.
One of the best things you can do to prepare for damaging storms is deploying screens to cover all windows and access points. When looking for screens, seek out screens that:
- Can be deployed at a moment’s notice. You want this to take minutes, not hours or days, because the hectic nature of a hurricane leaves you little time to waste.
- Meets Miami-Dade regulations. This ensures it can withstand the strongest of winds and flying debris.
- Is customized for your building to ensure a proper fit and maximum effectiveness.