Home Preparation When a Hurricane is Expected to Arrive
How do I prepare my home for a hurricane?
Ways to help secure your home in preparation for a hurricane:
Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage. Most garage doors are not reinforced, and when the wind gets into the garage, it creates a positive push at the same time that the wind swirling above the structure creates a negative pull. That push-pull combination can cause the roof to fly off. Find a kit that you can buy at home-improvement stores to brace your garage doors.
Secure your windows and doors. Broken windows can let in wind and rain, and they can also increase the pressure under the roof. Storm shutters provide the best protection, but boarding up windows when a storm is on the way can help as well. Make sure doors have several locking mechanisms so they don’t fly open; deadbolts are best. It’s important to secure windows and doors on all sides of the home, not just the ones facing the body of water where hurricanes could form because hurricanes can swirl in any direction.
Source: Kiplinger online