Hurricane season is here, and many of us live in areas where they may have a direct impact. Approximately five hurricanes strike the coastline of the United States during the average three year period. Two of these hurricanes will probably be major, with wind speeds of more than 110 mph. About 90 percent of all deaths from hurricanes result from storm surges. These surges can reach more than 20 feet in height, and can extend nearly 100 miles. Interestingly, Christopher Columbus recorded the first known report of a hurricane in 1495. And while the city is well out of hurricane paths, hurricanes can produce enough energy in a single day to run the lights of Las Vegas for years.
So how do you prepare for hurricanes?
One of the best defenses for your home during a hurricane are hurricane storm shutters. Hurricane storm shutters will keep debris from the storm from entering your home. They will also help keep the structure of your home intact. Hurricane storm shutters will keep water and wind away from the walls of the building. There are many different types of hurricane storm shutters, including accordion storm shutters, aluminum storm shutters, and Colonial hurricane shutters. The most common hurricane storm shutters are plywood shutters, where pieces of plywood are attached directly to the structure using barrel bolts. Sliding hurricane storm shutters are attached on rails surrounding the window and are generally made of corrugated metal. These hurricane storm shutters are usually permanently installed and can slide into place during a hurricane.
In addition, other things you can do to prepare for a hurricane including bring outdoor furniture inside. Keep trees and plants trimmed so they may experience less damage. Keep an emergency kit in your home that will include canned foods, water, medical supplies, and other essentials. You should also make sure that your cell phones are fully charged. Check those hurricane storm shutters to make sure they are viable.
You may also want to keep blankets or sleeping bags on hand, in case you are required to evacuate to a shelter. You should know where the closest shelter is and the safest evacuation route to that shelter.
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