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Protecting against strong winds, hurricanes, & tornados
The damage caused by these winds can be massive and when objects everywhere are becoming flying projectiles, you absolutely must know what to do to protect your home and yourself.
Ideally you should have storm shutters that you can use to cover your glass windows and doors. But if you don’t, you can use duct tape as an alternative.
Stick long strips of heavy-duty duct tape across your windows and glass doors in the shape of an asterisk. In the event the glass shatters, shards will not be sent flying around because the duct tape will be binding the bits of glass to each other.
Make sure that your roof sheathing is securely nailed to the house so that the entire roof is not ripped off during a strong storm.
The garage doors should be closed and strongly secured.
If you have lawn furniture, garden decorations, trash bins, toys, etc. outside your home, you need to remove all of them and store them indoors.
A strong storm may pick up all these loose objects and send them flying right through your windows. The goal here is to reduce the possibility of projectiles striking your home.
If you have a swimming pool, do NOT drain or cover it. If you use a pool cover, a projectile that’s flung on it will totally rip the cover. The water in the swimming pool gives the whole pool weight and this will keep it in place.
During a storm that lasts for days, the ground will become saturated and when pressure builds up, it can dislodge the foundations of an empty pool or even pop it out of the ground. So, keeping your pool filled will prevent this from happening. There’s no need to worry about an overflowing pool if you have good drainage.
Prune all trees close to your home or chop them down till they’re just a stump. Trees cause a lot of damage during storms because the huge branches fly off and crash into anything and everything.
Seal cracks in your walls so that heat doesn’t escape from your house and the strong winds will not cause interior damage.
We’ll cover home security in the next blog post.
To learn more survival strategies, go to SgtChuck.com for a free download of “Sgt Chuck’s Ultimate Survival Guide”.
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