Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones can be terrifying, and it’s important that you know how to prevent strong winds from damaging your home.
Actually, if you’re wondering what the difference is between those three wind events, there really isn’t any. They’re just called different names depending on where in the world they originate from.
Those that form in the Northwest Pacific are called typhoons. Those that form in the in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific are called hurricanes. Cyclones are the storms in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.
While this bit of trivia may be interesting, as a prepper there’s only one thing you need to know… These storms wreak havoc! And you need to know how to prevent damage to your home.
Weather events like these can be so destructive and dangerous that people are often evacuated from the affected areas. Very often this can lead to unheard of traffic jams, fuel shortages and even civil unrest.
For example, in the recent Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, people were stuck for many hours in the exodus, and some had to wait huge periods to get gas for their vehicles. And they were considered the lucky ones!
This home-owner was one of very many who lost their homes. Scenes like this were commonplace.
There were thousands of other people who could not evacuate. Either they didn’t have the means to leave, or they had nowhere to go. It is an unfortunate predicament but a very possible one.
If you have to remain at your home for whatever reason, you need to protect yourself and your home.
In this article, you’ll learn how to minimize wind damage to your home through simple preparation.
Look, the tips below are not going to stop your house getting blown over the edge like the one above. Nor will they prevent damage from flooding associated with strong winds. But they will help keep you safe if you have to take refuge in your house during the strong winds. Because for the unprepared, damage from these winds can be massive, and when objects are flying everywhere you absolutely must do whatever you possibly can to minimize dame to your home – and to yourself.
1) – Duct tape all glass windows, doors, etc.
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 keep the bits of glass bound together.
2) – Roofing and shingles secured
Make sure that your roof sheathing is securely fastened to the house structure so that the entire roof is not ripped off. Shingles need to be well-fitted and securely attached or they’ll be dislodged and can become dangerous flying projectiles.
3) – Close your garage doors
The garage doors should be closed and strongly secured.
4) – Remove unsecured objects
If you have lawn furniture, garden decorations, trash bins, toys etc outside, you need to remove all of them and store them indoors. A strong storm can easily pick up all these loose objects and send them crashing right through your windows. The goal here is to reduce the possibility of projectiles striking your home.
5) – Your pool
If you have a swimming pool, do NOT drain it 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.
6) – Trees
Prune all trees close to your home or better still, 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 any cracks in your walls to retain whatever heat is in your house. This could be critical if a blackout is sustained over an extended period of time. Also, small cracks can easily become big cracks, and before you know it the storm is inside causing even more damage.
Just by following the tips above, your home will be much less likely to suffer damage during a wind event. And it goes without saying that thorough and early preparation beforehand is way better than leaving things until the storm appears.
You never want to be in a position where you can’t leave, but you’re also worried about the structural integrity of your home. Ensure that your home is in good order BEFORE the storm looms on the horizon.