We are used to storm preparation here on the east coast of Florida. There are certain times of the year that cause distinct weather patterns. In the middle of the United States is an area known as “Tornado Alley” and, yes, they have a “tornado season.” In the same way, we have our hurricane season which lasts from June 1 to November 30 with our peak hurricane risk falling between mid-August and late October. This is evidenced when looking at our last two hurricanes which made landfall here on the east coast. Hurricane Matthew hit in October 2016 and Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017. So, the meteorologists have it right sometimes!
There are multiple precautions that you can take during the time preceding a tropical storm or hurricane. You can fill sandbags and place them around your house to help absorb water that may gather due to heavy rainfall or even flooding. Water is great at finding a way into your home! It can seep under doors or through cracks in your foundation. Sandbags can definitely be a helpful water deterrent.
If you choose to evacuate and leave your home, take any important or precious belongings with you. Take important documents, as well as keepsakes such as photo albums or baby books. In case of flooding, it is wise to move as many objects as possible to higher ground. Small items like end tables, bar stools, nightstands, and such can be put up on top of kitchen counters or beds. And, if you choose to evacuate, always take your pets with you and remember to bring their food as many stores may be closed making it difficult to obtain pet food.
What other ways can you protect your home? It is important to cover all windows. If a window breaks from a flying object due to the high winds, then you are sure to sustain additional damage within your home from wind and rain. Stores frequently run out of plywood during a tropical storm as many people use it to board up their windows. This is usually effective. However, if you aren’t evacuating it makes for a very dark home during the storm (not to mention the hassle of installing plywood on your windows before the storm hits). If you lose electricity which often happens during severe storms, then you will really be left in the dark except for candles, flashlights, and camping-style lanterns.
At Brevard Shutter, we have an excellent solution to this problem. We offer CLEAR hurricane panels! They offer the same hurricane protection as steel or aluminum hurricane panels with the added advantage of actually maintaining light in your home and a view of the outside. We offer the option of installing them permanently or in a removable style. They are also excellent for uniquely-shaped windows. These are an excellent alternative to wood or metal panels which block all light and views of what is occurring outside during the storm. Give us a call prior to our next hurricane season, so that we can provide you with a free estimate. We proudly serve Melbourne, Palm Bay, and all of Brevard County. We look forward to serving you!