Preparing Your Home
Preparing your home before a storm can help reduce potential damage.
Before Hurricane Season
- Clear space inside where you can bring in outdoor furniture, decorative objects, and other items around your house so that they do not blow away or cause damage during a storm.
- If your home does not have permanent storm shutters, purchase and store at least 3/4" plywood, cut to fit your windows.
- Make a plan to secure boats or RVs.
- Take pictures of your home, inside and out. Store photos with copies of all important papers, including insurance information, either in a secure location online or in a waterproof container.
Before a Storm
- Secure or bring inside all loose outdoor objects, including lawn furniture, signs, garbage and recycling bins. Residents with City-issued bins have to pay replacement fees if their cans disappear.
- Secure RVs and/or boats
- Plan for extended power outages that may mean the refrigerator and freezer will be off, as well as lights. Turn fridge below 40 degrees, and freeze containers of water to create ice. Open and close door as little as possible if power goes off. Read more food safety tips here.
- Have instructions on how to turn off utilities such as electricity, gas and water in your emergency kit. Authorities may advise you to turn off utilities (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on).