Tips For Preparing For Hurricanes

by Simonton Windows

Hurricane Facts:

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating on a hurricane’s intensity.

  • Category 1 Hurricane – Winds 74-95 mph
  • Category 2 Hurricane – Winds 96-110 mph
  • Category 3 Hurricane – Winds 111-130 mph
  • Category 4 Hurricane – Winds 121-155 mph
  • Category 5 Hurricane – Winds 156 and greater


2009 Hurricane Predictions:

# Named/# Hurricanes/# Major Hurricanes

Colorado State/Bill Gray - 14 Named, 7 Hurricanes, 3 Major

Weather Research Center - 7 Named, 4 Hurricanes, 0 Major

Weather Services Inc. - 13 Named, 7 Hurricanes, 3 Major

Accuweather - 13 Named, 8 Hurricanes, 2 Major


Before the Storm - Preparing Your Family:

  • Develop and practice a family emergency plan.
  • Create a disaster supply kit for the home and a separate one to take in case you must evacuate.
    • For your “stay at home” emergency kit include flashlights, batteries, tarps, duct tape, non-perishable foods and water for the entire family and pets. Don’t forget a battery operated radio, disposable camera, medicines and critical paperwork.
    • For your “evacuation” emergency kit, include the following in a watertight container: prescription and over-the-counter medicines, important papers (i.e. passports, birth certificates, copies of insurance papers and wills, health insurance paperwork, pictures of furnishings, listing of medications, policies, deeds, stocks and bonds, titles to cars), checkbooks, record of all bank numbers, inventory of valuable household goods, address book with contact information for doctors, insurance agents and relatives, safety deposit box keys, evacuation map of area.
  • Make sure your homeowner policy is updated and includes flood insurance.


When a Storm is Forecast for Your Area:

  • Fuel your car.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water.
  • Review your evacuation route.
  • Get cash in case you must evacuate.
  • Have a battery-powered NOAA weather radio available.
  • Use your family’s evacuation and family emergency plans.
  • Make sure all family members wear closed-toe shoes or sneakers.
  • Make arrangements to board or evacuate pets. Take shot records, rabies certificates and tags and vet information.
  • Have supplies and basic foods available.

Safeguarding Your Home:

  • Secure all loose objects (such as lawn furniture, garbage cans and planters) that can become flying missiles when hurricane winds intensify.
  • Turn off your gas, water and electricity before evacuating.
  • Unless you have impact-resistant glass in your windows, make sure to shutter up or board up windows and doors.
  • Tape over and seal all soffit vents and roof vents to prevent wind-driven rain from splashing into the vents and flooding the attic.
  • Add bracing to the interior of garage doors to reinforce them against wind damage.
  • For “after storm” cleanup, have the following items available: tarps, duct tape, heavy work gloves, gas cans, batteries, chain saws, shovels, rakes, water filters, cleaning supplies, first aid kits and extra strength large garbage bags.
  • Trim tree limbs near or touching the home and call for tree removal with any weakly rooted and dying trees.


Creating a Secure Home:

  • Windows – The biggest cause of devastation during a hurricane is the ability of wind to enter a structure through a broken door or window. This causes a build-up of pressure inside the structure that can literally blow out the roof and walls. Homeowners with code-approved impact-resistant windows like Simonton StormBreaker Plus® are designed to withstand flying debris during brutal storms. They help provide maximum protection and add beauty to the home, without the need for unattractive shuttering systems, or board up windows and doors.
  • Roofing - When having a new roof installed or an old roof replaced, select impact-resistant roofing tiles and those that can withstand high wind speeds. Make sure the installer follows the roofing manufacturer’s warranty guidelines for installation. Proper nailing will help your roof make it through severe weather.
  • Entry Doors - Install door that swings out instead of in. These doors have welded hinge pins, so security is not a problem and the wind actually helps to keep the door secured properly.
  • All Products - When building or remodeling, make sure to use the latest weather-resistant building materials available, such as hurricane strapping, clips, corner bracing and tie-down systems.

Provided by Simonton Windows

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