Do you remember when Hurricane Katrina hit land?
Ten years ago this week Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans. Images of destroyed and flooded homes are covering the internet as we remember the terrible destruction this category 5 storm caused as it ripped through the Gulf Coast United States. There are many ways to protect your home from the high winds that are brought on by a hurricane.
For a home not directly on the coast plywood is one of the most popular options for protecting windows from the high wind. It is best to have the plywood measured and labeled in advance of a storm. That way when a storm is bearing down on your region they can be placed on the windows quickly and efficiently. For those with limited time and funds tape is also an option. While it does not protect your windows entirely it does prevent the glass from shattering. This will make any clean up easier as all the glass will be stuck together.
A home in a more coastal region would be better getting hurricane shutters installed in the home. These are installed on every window in the home. There are options to have them closed by hand or power. While pricey this is the best option for those with a home on the coast who will face the worst part of the storm
Also keep in mind to take in any large outside items that can be picked up by the strong winds. These items become torpedoes and can cause damage to not only your home but your neighbors’ homes as well.
Unfortunately during catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina there is not much you can do to protect your home from damage, especially the storm surge that tropical cyclones produce. At Gulf State Homebuyers we want you to remember to protect your home to the best of your ability during Hurricane season. Be prepared not only with supplies for yourself, but with necessary materials to protect your top investment, your home.